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Tamil BharateeyaOO: Localised version of Open Office Package for Tamil

Tamil BharateeyaOO - Open Office localised Tamil version for use in Windows & Linux OS, a software distributed free by the Govt of India IT ministry
source: http://www.ildc.gov.in/GIST/htm/boo.htm

Please install the GIST_TMOTChanakya font for use with this software

From :
C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing),
(Erstwhile NCST), 68, Electronics City, Bangalore - 561229, India.
Phone: +91-80-2852-3300, Fax: +91-80-2852-2590 url : www.cdac.in

Version for use in Windows PCs

* System Requirement
1. Processor: Intel Celeron, P3 or P4
2. RAM: Minimum 128 MB , 256 MB Recommended
3. Hard Disk: Minimum 2 GB ( Installation needs 300MB )
4. OS: Windows 2000/XP

* Install Instructions
1. Download the software, extract and install the OpenOffice.org1.1.4-Tamil-Windows.zip
(see end of this page for details to download a free copy of this software)
2. After installation the Common.xcu file has to be copied to the userregistrydataorgopenofficeOfficedirectory.

* Version for use with Linux OS

* System Requirement
1. Processor : Intel Celeron, P3 or P4
2. RAM : Minimum 128 MB, 256 MB Recommended
3. Hard Disk : Minimum 2 GB ( Installation needs 300MB )
4. OS : Fedora Core 3
5. Desktop Environment : GNOME 2.8
6. JRE : jre 1.5
* Install Instructions
* Install JRE 1.5:
* Step01. Download Java Runtime Environment from http://java.sun.com & "fontconfig.properties" and save in a directory on your machine.
* Step02. Go to the directory in which you have saved the files.
* Step03. Change permission for "jre-1_5_0_02-linux-i586-rpm.bin"
$ chmod a+x jre-1_5_0_02-linux-i586-rpm.bin
* Step04. login as root
$ su
* Step05. Execute the binary file.
$ ./jre-1_5_0_02-linux-i586-rpm.bin
JRE will get installed in /usr/java/jre1.5.0_02/ directory.
* Step06. Copy GIST-TMOTChanakya font file to lib/fonts directory under Java
install directory
$ cp (Full path in which Fonts.tar.gz saved)/Fonts/*.ttf
* Step07. Copy property files "fontconfig.properties" files to lib directory
under Java install directory
$ cp ./fontconfig.properties
* Step08. Append following lines to your login's ".bash_profile" file
export PATH=/usr/java/jre1.5.0_02/bin:$PATH
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jre1.5.0_02/
Add the above lines to "/etc/profile" file
* Step09. logout as root

JRE 1.5
Font config (fontconfig.properties )

* Note : If you are not able to save the file to disk, then right click on the link and click on "save link as"

** Install Bharateeya Open office:
* Step01. Download "OpenOffice.org-Tamil-Linux-1.1.4.tar.gz"
and save in a directory on your machine.
* Step02. Logout from the session and login again.
Before logging select Tamil as interface language and Gnome as
Desktop environment. There are options for selecting language
and desktop environment in login window( where the system asks
for login and password), see "language" & "session" menus at bottom.
* Step03. Select Tamil Keyboard Layout for input.
Launch "Keyboard Preferences" from
Under Layouts option you can select layout for Tamil.
* Step04. Go to the directory in which you have saved tar.gz file.
* Step05. Uncompress the tar ball
$tar -zxvf OpenOffice.org-Tamil-Linux-1.1.4.tar.gz
On uncompress you will get a new directory "normal"
* Step06 Set the appropriate permission.
$chmod -R 555 ./normal
* Step07. Make "normal" directory as working directory.
$cd ./normal
* Step08. Execute "run.sh".
* Step09. After successful installation of BOO execute the "spadmin" tool from program directory under Bharateeya Open office installation. The tool will help in installing new fonts for BOO.


You may download af free copy of this software for use in Windows/Linux OS at the following
Govt of India website:
http://www.ildc.in/GIST/htm/boo.htm. Cllick on the URL to go to the site.
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