August 17, 2005 9:59 AM

Migration of Jambo OpenOffice from version 1.1.3 to version 2.0

The klnX team is about to start migration of Jambo OpenOffice from version 1.1.3 to
version 2.0 in collaboration with Alberto Escudero from it46 Global Consultancy.

According to the current plan the migration process is expected to be complete by January 2006.
The team has already collected all necessary tools for the migration process. After merging
Jambo OpenOffice 1.1.3 and OpenOffice 2.0, we obtained 57844 total strings of which approximately
20000 are already translated.

We are still working on firefox 1.0.3 installer for both Linux and Windows XP. The installer for
Linux is almost complete but tests show that it fails to install in some machines so the team is
continuing to fix this problem.

Posted by James Chambua | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

July 14, 2005 9:28 AM

Jambo OpenOffice at the 29th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair

In the 29th Dar es salaam International Trade Fair the Kilinux Team had an
opportunity to demonstrate the 1st ever release of a swahili version of 1.1.3
called Jambo.

Many people from inside and outside Tanzania get suprised when they meet with this kiswahili
program and appriciated the effort of the Kilinux Team to localize Free and Open Source
Software into kiswahili. Most of them took the software and other took the website link so
that they can download Jambo OpenOffice straight from it.

People were very interested to use this new software because it will not only simplify their
work but also reduce the time to do it. The work will be efficient especially when it comes
to the issue of preparing documents, presentations, reports, drawings etc. based on kiswahili
language which is the most useful language in East and Central Africa and other parts of
the world. People also understood the advantages of using free and open source software than
closed software. Most of them were not aware with the Free and Open Source Software.
They promised to come at the department of Computer Science to see what is going on and to
take the software too.

Other people from East and Central Africa also took the software, some people from Europe
e.g Germany, Belgium, etc. and U.S.A they said that they are now using jambo openoffice in
their countries. The Kilinux Team thanks the people for accepting kiswahili programs and
promises to continue the localization process until full swahili operating system comes
into existance.

Posted by James chambua | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

July 12, 2005 12:11 PM

Jambo 1.1.3 (Tanzania Parliament - Dodoma, June 20-24, 2005)

In the software, publications and books exhibition from University of Dar es Salaam
held in Dodoma (Tanzania) Parliament), the Kilinux team had an opportunity to demonstrate
the first Swahili Softaware called Jambo OpenOffice 1.1.3 which enables Kiswahili users
to create documents, presentations, drawings, design websites etc, in Swahili.

In the exhibition honourables ministers and members of the parliament congratulated
the UDSM through its Computer Science department for starting The Open Swahili Localization Project. They also accepted and took Jambo program to be used in their offices, homes and other places.

Posted by Kennedy Frank | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

April 28, 2005 1:55 PM

The Kilinux official site

The official kilinux website is now,
the former is no longer in use. Hence, all
information about the project and its progress will be found in this site.
Jambo 1.1.3 downloads are now found under the section
downloads instead of the old download site

Posted by James Chambua | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

February 20, 2005 11:41 AM

Jambo OpenOffice Official Release

The Open Swahili Localization Project (Kilinux) is proud to announce the official release of Jambo the next 28th February 2005. The official launching of the Win32 version of Jambo OpenOffice will take place at the main conference hall (Nkuruma Hall) at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).

The event will count with the presence of the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania Fredrick Sumaye and the guests of honour Tolvald Akesson (Abassador of Sweden in Tanzania) and Pius Ngw'andu (Minister of Higher Education Science and Technology).

Jambo OpenOffice will be available in CD and for download from several mirror sites: and

Official Launching of Jambo
Venue: Nkuruma Hall, University of Dar es Salaam
Date: 28th February 2005
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Entrace: Free

Posted by Kennedy Frank | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE, SWAHILI LOCALE

January 11, 2005 3:30 AM

Jambo OpenOffice under Microsoft Windows coming soon...

One image that says more than one thousand words...

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: OPENOFFICE

January 06, 2005 2:29 PM

Jambo Windows version

Work has started for building a Windows version of Jambo Our plans is to have a fully functional build system for Linux and Win32 by the middle of February 2005. If you are interested in evaluating our first Win32 internal release based on Build17 contact

The picture shows the merging of Swahili into the OpenOffice 1.1.3 using transex3.exe. The CPU graphs shows the changes of power for each line that is merge in a .hrc or .src file.

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: OPENOFFICE, OUR HACKS!

December 12, 2004 7:32 PM

Jambo OpenOffice Installer also in Swahili!

The latest build (Build17) includes a complete Installer in Swahili. This is our last public release in 2004. As in the previous version (Build16) we are including the swahili spellchecker with 70.000 words and a swahili Tanzania locale that allows to include native Tanzanian symbols as TZS, TSh (Shilingi ya Tanzania) or KK (Kabla ya Kristo).

This release contains 142 out of 177 PO files (81%) and 15730 out of 18080 strings (87%).

This release is dedicated to our dedicated KlnX PO-Team. Special thanks to Mr. Abdulla Ally, Mr. James Chambua, Mr. Jimmy Mbelwa, Mr. Ulrick Mkenda and Mr. Kennedy Mwakisole for working with more than 15.000 english strings! And to Mr Mturi Elias for accepting the challenge of reviewing the translations and coordinating the team. To all of them, Asante sana!

To download the latest version check the Download section

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

December 11, 2004 1:40 AM

Jambo OpenOffice devel (build16)

Today, 10 December 2004 a new development release of Jambo Office has been built. Build 16 contains 118/174 PO files. This release contains two major improvements: the Swahili locale and Jambo Spellchecker are now part of the build.

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

December 04, 2004 00:00 AM

Jambo OpenOffice Public Release!

Because it could be done, we play our part!

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."

A full coverage of the release in six languages is now available in the website:

Posted by Kilinux Team | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

November 25, 2004 8:39 AM

Jambo OpenOffice build10 internal release!

Today, we have made a new internal build of OpenOffice. This new internal version, namely Build10, has been released for the Free and Open Source Software training at the Swedish Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

This is the last internal release until our public release launching in early December. Some stats about Build10 status follows:

Completed 2395 out of 3036 S-Writer strings (80%)
Completed 12762 out of 18080 strings (70%)
Completed 93 out of 174 .PO files (53%)
Completed 7165 out of 14044 unique strings (51%)

Note about the stats: What we mean by 'Completed'?: The files has been translated by a member of the localization team and peer-reviewed by an external person with expertise in computer science and Swahili.

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

November 22, 2004 11:20 AM interviews klnX!

An interview about the klnX project was published in early November at the website:

The English Version of the interview has been recently translated to Japanese.

Posted by Kilinux editor | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

November 19, 2004 6:21 PM

Focusing on OpenOffice (Jambo) Writer!

The first big milestone of the Open Swahili Localization Team (klnX) is to release a fully functional text processing software in Swahili by early December 2004.

After including 'tags' in our Arusha Open Office build we have managed to identify all the files (strings) that need to be localized to complete Star Writer

The list of the PO files are available here. Notice that the files that are marked as "optional" are related to the [Import/Export] options of the text processing tool and can be considered non-mandatory for a first localization effort.

N/B. The list of files corresponds to OOo 1.1.3, the files result from coverting the GSI file to PO using the toolkit.

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE, OUR HACKS!

October 18, 2004 3:15 AM


Today, the 18th of October 2004 in the very early morning 02:58:40 GMT+3 a number of 936 Swahili strings (5% of the total) have been merged into our build system Mambo PJ1. This is the first sucessfull built of Swahili in OpenOffice (and problably any text processing software ever).

Time to sleep. Buenas noches.

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

October 17, 2004 9:44 AM

OpenOffice 1.1.3 build system in Tanzania

Today, we have the first version of a system that can build a Linux version of OpenOffice 1.1.3 from the original source code. The system has been named 'Mambo PJ1' to acknowledge the excellent work and support of Pavel Janik.

Thanks to Mambo PJ1 we will be able to create our own internal pre-releases of our localization work. The first pre-release will contain a fully localized Writer (text-processor).

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

October 06, 2004 10:02 AM

OpenOffice 1.1.3 localization starts!

Today, 6th of October 2004 we have started our localization of OpenOffice 1.1.3 (m47) to Kiswahili. Our localization roadmap includes a migration to OpenOffice 2.0 in a future time.

We are using the PO files generated by David Fraser from GSI format. The PO files have been generated using the latest version of David's translate toolkit

By having a running version of OpenOffice 1.1.3 available, I (aep) expect to speed up the process of identifying which PO files correspond to different areas of the "running" version.

For the localization we will use our developed IT Glossary as initial Translation Memory.

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: LOCALIZATION, OPENOFFICE

September 30, 2004 9:40 PM

Open Issue 33998 Resolved!

This is an entry for historical reasons. Today the Swahili Language font assigment was integrated in OpenOffice cws_src680.

Issue 33998 is resolved! Let's celebrate!.

Sep 30 08:00:59 -0700 2004 - On branch cws_src680_dzongkha: officecfg/registry/data/org/openoffice/VCL.xcu

Posted by aep | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE, OUR HACKS!

September 19, 2004 11:55 PM

Copyright Agreement with OpenOffice (JCA)

The technical coordinator of the KLNX project, Alberto Escudero-Pascual, has sent (and faxed) the Joint Copyright Agreement (JCA) to Sun Microsystems Inc. The JCA agreement is an initial requirement to contribute code to the OpenOffice project. By signing the agreement, the KLNX team has agreed to contribute code to the OpenOffice under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). The swahili localization effort for OpenOffice will be released as Open Source Software.

A description of the agreement is available here. The list of copyright-approved persons and companies is available here.

September 19, 2004 11:38 PM

Assigning english latin fonts to Swahili

The patch for the VCL.xcu file has been sent to OpenOffice. The patch aims to assign the English default fonts to Swahili.

Posted by KLNX Editor | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

September 9, 2004 10:40 PM

Swahili will have the language ID 25 in OpenOffice 1.x

The Swahili got assigned the internal Language ID number 25 for the OpenOffice 1.x series. For compatibility reasons we will be forced to use the Microsoft Locale ID 1089/441hex that Microsoft has assigned to Swahili for Kenya.

Notice that Microsoft has never assigned a Locale ID for Swahili in other countries (i.e. there is not any assignation for Swahili in Tanzania). The language IDs page is here.

Posted by Kilinux | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE

September 19, 2004 10:30 PM

Application of national Language ID from Swahili

Today, we have requested a Language ID for swahili for the OpenOffice 1.x series.

Posted by KLNX Editor | Permalink | Categories: NEWS, OPENOFFICE