Computer operating system in Malayalam launched
Thiruvananthapuram: Rachna, billed as the first computer operating systems in Malayalam language and the first such system in a regional language in the country, was launched here Thursday.
The operating system, developed by four people in Kerala, is in the Linux platform and is an open software. The software will make multimedia operations and chat possible in Malayalam.Speaking to IANS on the sidelines of the launch, K.H. Hussain, the team leader, said: "This unique system comes at a time when even Microsoft is still working on a Malayalam operating system."
"We had discussions with them but they still are working on the issue of a Malayalam script," said Hussain, who works as a librarian in an autonomous institute in Trissur."This has come after close to nearly three years of working on the Rachna font under GPL (General Public License) on the original Malayalam script that was developed in the late nineties," said N. Gangadharan, a team member.He said the biggest advantage of this operating system is that henceforth advanced computing in Malayalam will be possible.
"Before we launch it in the market we want feedbacks so as to incorporate more things, including a spell check," added Gangadharan, who works in the Malayalam Lexicon department of Kerala University. Among the features of this new operating system include the opening of any MS Office file, to make any file into PDF format, and for the first time sorting is possible in Malayalam. The other two members of the team are J. Chitraja Kumar, a colleague of Gangadharan, and Rajiv Sebastian, a 24-year-old engineer. Friends and well-wishers of the team members, mostly students and teachers of Malayalam, attended the function.