Jambo OpenOffice.org

by oneafrikan on July 26, 2005

_ Release: Jambo OpenOffice.org

As the Father of Tanzania, the late Mwalimu Nyerere will always be remembered by his famous saying: “It can be done; play your part”.

Today, 4th December 2004, The Open Swahili Localization Project, also known as Kilinux, is proud to announce the first ever release of a free office suite software in Swahili, called “Jambo OpenOffice.”

Jambo OpenOffice is the Swahili version of OpenOffice.org, a leading international effort to provide a free and open source office suite based on open standards and capable of running on all major computer platforms.

The localization project is a major initiative to provide a full operating system in Swahili. Swahili is the most spoken of the Bantu languages and conservative estimates indicate that is the first language spoken by more than 70 million people, chiefly in Kenya, Tanzania, Congo (Kinshasa), and Uganda. As the chief trade language of East Africa, it is understood by an additional 25 million.

Only heard of it a week or so ago, so thought I’d post it anyways. All I can say, is that this is awesome, absolutely awesome.

If you’re interested in this project, then I suggest visiting http://www.kilinux.org/.
Here’s the feed URL as well.

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