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KDE 4.1 to officially support Malayalam

The amazing collaboration and enthusiasm showed by Swathanthra Malayalam Computing‘s (SMC) KDE subproject made this possible. We had to cross the kde essentials barrier, which is required for inclusion in a KDE release as a supported language in a very short span of time. We achieved this milestone by completing 10000+ strings in about 10 days by 30+ contributors. KDE essentials include the most important packages that a default installation will have including the libraries and the base applications. Other Indian languages to be supported in this release are Hindi, Tamil and Panjabi. Exciting thing about this milestone is the participation of people from all walks of life including students, farmers, scientist, engineers …

Some statistics here shows the progress of Malayalam translations in a week (during the most active week). Click to enlarge.

Graph showing progress of entire kde translations over the most active week

Graph showing progress of kdelibs over the most active week

Many of us were working till 3-4 am in the morning for the entire week leading upto the 4.1 deadline on July 11. #smc-project on Freenode IRC was the main connection for realtime collaboration with ‘mandoos’ (an IRC bot who can learn maanings and teach anyone who asks for it) helping the newly joined members of the team. You can join the IRC channel using your web browser by following this link.

People from all over the globe and round the clock joined this effort. Some places to mention are Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, USA … The enthusiam showed by the members throughout this great effort was amazing. In one single day 5 new contributors submited their first translation and more than 30 people contributed to this effort (Most of the contributors are listed here). It could be one of the few languages which completed kde essentials translations in such a short time.

You can see the list languages sorted by their percentatge of translations here. Malayalam is currently at 63rd position, 4th among Indian languages.

Here are some interesting screenshots of KDE 4.1 in Malayalam.

More screenshots from here.

I would like to thank the entire team for making this possible and do join us in the release party on Aug 9th and 10th at Thiruvananthapuram. Location and event schedule to be announced later (tune in to our mailing list for more details)

Update 1:

List of contributors. Thanks to Ani Peter for making this list.

1. Sasi Kumar
2. AnilKV
3. Ashik
4. Anoop
5. Anoopan
6. Prasad. S R
7. Hari Vishnu
8. Manu
9. Santhosh
10. Praveen
11. Manilal
12. Sushma
13. Sujith
14. Smitha
15. Remya
16. Hiran Venugopalan
17. Hitha Venugopalan
18. Chandrettan
19. Sankaranarayanan
20. Pratheesh
21. Syam Krishnan
22. Shiju Alex
23. Ragsagar V
24. Maxin B John
25. Sarath Lakshman
26. Baiju. M
27. Joju Joshua
28. Afsal
29. Nishan
30. Rajiv and his Mandoos
31. Ani

Update 2:
KDE 4.1 Release Notes – Malayalam English

5 Responses to “KDE 4.1 to officially support Malayalam”


  1. 1 james mathew

    Keep up the good work..

  2. 2 Sarath Menon

    Nice. The screenshots look awesome!

  3. 3 pavi

    Great work pravi .. Keep it going . I wish I could have done the same thing for telugu :)

  4. 4 sebas

    It’s really refreshing to see the good work you guys are doing over there! Kudos to get the Malayam support into KDE 4.1.0. As you know, the 4.1.x releases can all ship updated translations, keep up the good work!

  5. 5 kiran chand k

    even my parents surprised to see malayalam in the desktop…great wrk friends…

  1. 1 Boycott Novell » Links 29/07/2008: KDE 4.1 Released, Firefox 3.1 Alpha is Out
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