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Thaana Fonts Package for Linux (.deb)

Vishaah shared the file is mailing list. 

The package installs the following fonts:
Mv Elaaf Formal.ttf
Mv Elaaf Lite.otf.ttf
Mv Elaaf Normal.otf.ttf
Mv Iyyu Formal.ttf
Mv Iyyu Nala.ttf
Mv Iyyu Normal.otf.ttf
Mv Radhun.ttf

Download: dv-mv-fonts_1.0-1_i386.deb

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MOSS Monthly - Your Monthly FLOSS Magazine

There is a growing community of FLOSS. MOSS decided to publish a monthly magazine for FLOSS Community. 2 Issues are already out.

MOSS Monthly Issue #2

MOSS Monthly Issue #1

To contribute, Submit your articles to before 31st of each month. 

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Translating into Dhivehi

The work on Ubuntu Dhivehi Translation recently have picked up speed with new members joining in the team and contributing.

We request all individuals who are willing to contribute to join us in helping with the translations. You can join the team by clicking here and registering yourself as part of the team.

You would be able to get more help and participate in the discussions here.

Neo FreeRunner

Windows mobiles, OS X on Apple iPhone; what about Linux? Maybe not even close to the others, but it's here on the mobile handset arena too. It's been around for a while and been talked a lot, however it's not done as good as the rest of the OS's for mobiles. One reason for this maybe that Linux is a platform for open source developers and a "platform" has been missing for most of the community based developers. Motorola has Linux based phones; Google is leading on the Android platform. Many others like Access Linux Platform, OpenZaurus and Qtopia are all examples of Linux based mobile OS's.

The good news now is we have an open source mobile phone, the "Neo FreeRunner" (The previous version was the Neo 1973), the phone runs Openmoko Linux which is I guess Debian based like Ubuntu is. So what difference does it make? "Freedom"! now developers can freely modify and develop the as they please ( ability to modify the operating system and software stack). This is in no way yet the replacement for iPhones or your avrage Nokia Nseries phones. It's assumed that most of the users of the Neo FreeRunner will be hardcore hackers who want to explore and experiment. There can be good commercial applications as well, as it's an open platform but this is yet to be explored. One area which I would really wanna go into this is to implement a "Thaana" based phone. This might be the ideal platform for it. Linux supports Thaana and with some effort I am sure it will be easy to implement a Thaana based GUI into the phone. Not that I want to be the one who is assigned with the task; but it's a good challage for those of you out there who are willing to give it a try.

Other such platforms besides Neo include TuxPhone and the Greenphone.

Google gadgets for linux

Google Gadgets for Linux provides a platform for running desktop gadgets under Linux, catering to the unique needs of Linux users. We are compatible with the gadgets written for Google Desktop for Windows as well as the Universal Gadgets on iGoogle. Following Linux norms, this project is open-sourced under the Apache License.

An important area where Google Desktop for Linux is different from its siblings on other operating systems is support for gadgets. Now, the Linux version of Google Gadgets will extend the gadgets platform to Linux users. By enabling cross-platform gadgets, a large library of existing gadgets are immediately available to Linux users. In addition, gadget developers will benefit from a much larger potential user base without having to learn a new API.

There's two main components to the application: one is a common gadget library responsible for running and presenting a gadget, and the other is a host program that allows the user to choose gadgets and run them on the desktop. Currently we have hosts written for GTK+ and QT, with the GTK+ host offering a sidebar similar to that of Google Desktop for Windows.



Routers is becoming as much part of our networks as switches and other networking equipments. Often we find network administrators seeking total solutions to provide inter connectivity, security and scalability. Often the choice is over-priced, inflexible products from proprietary vendors. End result being that even the total cost of ownership of these hardware is not justified. Here we are referring to solutions ranging from internet security to basic routing and everything in between.

Its funny when you know you can cut down on the costing by 50% to 80% with alternative solutions. Namely linux based solutions. However the best part is only a few would choose such a path. I don't have an answer to why so, maybe again it's FUD... anyway solutions such as Vyatta is amazing products, which can save you so much on costs and gives you a strong flexibility.

Vyatta is a debian based Linux distribution which is designed/specialized with networking applications and management interfaces for those applications. Today often we see Linux based solutions implemented to manage our internet gateways, etc at our homes and offices. These setups are deployed using the conventinal linux routing/firewalling tools. Vyatta steps a bit ahead of the conventinal Linux distributions and specilized to be a router/firewall/VPN with a special command line interface like the cisco IOS specilized for the funcationality. Anyone who is familier with cisco IOS will easily be able to pick on this interface and deploy networks easily.

Vyatta comes with a live CD which you can boot and easily install on to a machine. Its got specilized CLI which can easily let you configure the machine as a router/firewall or a VPN server. To cut it short; if you are looking into implementing a cisco based solution, before you decide on a solution vyatta will be an ideal solution to look for as an alternative. This is very much applicable if you are on a tight budget.


Its always been a dream to have a full working OS/GUI which is localized for us. Many times a lot of people challenged that on me, stating that this was no use. Maybe so, my whole point was getting it done, so I did not care much about those comments. It was not that I was looking to sell that work or create a business case out of it, so who cares. I don't know for what reason maybe the kick of doing it; what ever. With this I did some work till end of 2006. Always the work was slow due to various reasons; now the main factor being I am too occupied with other work and party have lost interest.

The whole point of this post is to get the interest back to people who might want to start off with something alike. Maybe guys who have the same kind of interest as me and others. Thaana fonts are already working for most OS's and web browsers. We can word process, make web sites, etc.. but should this be the end of it? I think not. We should move on and do more.

Linux is one good platform for this; the open nature of Linux enables us to implement these features in the OS easily. Bangladesh recently launched their version of Ubuntu; why can't we? I don't see a reason why it can't be done.

Few things to think about and do are.. implementing the locale on Linux; this is easy job; partly I have done some work as well.. here is the link on mlug. Then comes the translation projects, which again is easy; but need a good translation team. So far the most successful projects on localization been the wikipedia project (even thought its a web based project its a great job by the team who is involved).

I hope some people will restart work on localization for Linux.

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition v1.0.4-39

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition v1.0.4-39 for Linux

Symantec AntiVirus combines industry-leading, real-time malware protection for desktops and servers with graphical web-based reporting, centralized management and administration capabilities. For next generation antivirus protection, which combines Symantec AntiVirus with advanced threat prevention to protect endpoints from even the most sophisticated attacks.

Key Features

- Advanced, enterprise-wide virus protection and monitoring from a single management console.

- Integrated Web-based graphical reporting.

- Support for Symantec AntiVirus Client on Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

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I've been trying the new Ubuntu 8.04 for the last few days; I can say that this is the best Linux distribution thus far for desktops that I have used. Everything seems to work as it should and its damn good and stable.

If you are one of those guys; who tried Linux a few years and thought it was not ready for the desktop; then I strongly suggest you try this one. One of the key advantages is that you can even install it over your existing windows partition. Try it out; if you like it; get rid of Windows, I know a few who have already done so. :)