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.
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 OpenOffice.org 1.1.3
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
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.
The official kilinux website is now http://www.kilinux.udsm.ac.tz,
the former http://www.kilinux.org is no longer in use. Hence, all
information about the project and its progress will be found in this site.
Jambo OpenOffice.org 1.1.3 downloads are now found under the section
downloads instead of the old download site http://www.o.ne.tz.
The Open Swahili Localization Project (Kilinux) is proud to announce the official release of Jambo OpenOffice.org 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: http://www.o.ne.tz/CD/download and http://www.kilinux.org/CD/download/
Official Launching of Jambo OpenOffice.org
Venue: Nkuruma Hall, University of Dar es Salaam
Date: 28th February 2005
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
To download the latest version check the Download section http://www.o.ne.tz/download.php
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: http://oo.o.ne.tz
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.
Time to sleep. Buenas noches.
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.