Release of new version of GNU/Linux distribution for Cognitively Challenged by CDAC, Mumbai

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) has released the new version (version 0.1.2) of GNU/Linux distribution for CognitivelyChallenged. Cognitively challenged people face different kinds of problems such as memory loss, forgetfulness, attention problems etc. Therefore, the major objective of this distribution is to provide an accessible desktop environment suitable to such users. The major highlights of this distribution are simplified and accessible desktop environment, simplified applications, tagged file system, tag-based searching, user’s activity log, reminder facility etc. that are specifically aimed to reduce distraction and memory load during computer interaction. These salient features of the distribution can be of immense help to such users and their caretakers, while using computer. This distribution is based on Ubuntu 10.04 and offers a number of improvements/enhancements over previously released version (version 0.1.1). These improvements/enhancements have been incorporated based on feedbacks and suggestions received from various organisations and users.

Major highlights in the current release:

  • Faster tag based searching
  • Facility to add new user-defined image tags
  • Enhanced tag control center to edit/delete existing tags(textual and image both).
  • Enhanced tag control center to add new file extensions for which tag setting option should be enabled.
  • New educational games included (The Number Race and Tux Type)

GNU/Linux distribution for Cognitively Challenged-0.1.2 can be downloaded from here.

More details about the distribution can be accessed at http://www.cdacmumbai.in/glcc.

Details of various enhancements made in the current version can be found at http://nrcfoss.cdacmumbai.in/access/LinuxForCC-0.1.2-docs/ChangeLog_0.1.2.pdf.

Feedback and suggestions about the distribution can be sent at ossd[at]cdac[dot]in.

Progress Report: LibreOffice Beta 3

The OpenOffice.org fork continues to move forward. The Document Foundation recently released LibreOffice beta 3, with a set of modest user-facing improvements, and more under-the-hood work. Can LibreOffice overtake OpenOffice.org? Chances look very good for LibreOffice. What is the road ahead for OpenOffice.org? Read at http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7907?hq_e=el&hq_m=1130686&hq_l=3&hq_v=4aebc3a786

Indianizing with Rupantar- An OpenOffice.org extension from CDAC, Mumbai

In a diverse country like India, localisation of information in the respective languages of the people works as a way of empowerment for the people. And, open source provides the necessary technical platform for delivering that information at some reasonable cost. CDAC Mumbai has long been involved in developing tools/technologies in the area of localisation and open source. These include Xlit, Matra, SuTra, Anumaan. New tool to join this list is Rupantar.

Rupantar is an extention for OpenOffice.org developed by the KBCS division of CDAC Mumbai. This extension works as a utility to write in Devnagri script, hence allows a user to type in Hindi and Marathi language. It uses the Rupantar scheme, also developed by CDAC Mumbai, to convert from Roman to Devnagri. More details about downloading and installing the extension can be accessed at http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/project/rupantar.

Related blog posts:

http://matra2.blogspot.com/2010/03/rupanatar-openoffice-writer-extension.html

http://blogs.siliconindia.com/light/Writing_in_HindiMarathi_Indianising_information_and_softwares-bid-cs2Li6d193012540.html

For feedback about the extension mailto:prakash@cdacmumbai.in.

XlitHindi extension for OOo released by KBCS, CDAC Mumbai

KBCS division of CDAC Mumbai has released its transliteration extension for the OpenOffice writer. This tool enables to write in Hindi very easily without knowing the Hindi typing. It is very much helpful for the people using Hindi for the e-communication and documentation.More details of the English to other Indian Language transliteration system can be read at:http://www.cdacmumbai.in/xlit. To download the extension and other details, visit : http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/project/xlithindi.