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Dzongkha Debian Linux updated for Bhutanese people

Proposed draft for http://times.debian.net.
Please, review and improve it at the list, by now.
Remember, english is not my native language.
I hope to post the draft at times.debian.net at september 7th.
Also, hope to see the new iso image at the [6] site very soon.

Dzongkha Debian Linux updated for Bhutanese people

At August 28th 2007, the Research Division of Department of Information
and Technology, DIT [0], Ministry of Information and Communications,
Thimphu, Bhutan, updated its Dzongkha Debian Linux from the previous
Dzongkha Linux 1.0 lauched in June 2006 [1] and soon will be available
for free download.

The installer is based on Debian Linux Etch while the LiveCD is based on Morphix Linux.

"According to Pema Geyleg, head developer of the Dzongkha Debian Linux,
the launch of the Dzongkha Debian Linux marks Bhutan’s move towards free
and open source software. “Linux is a free operating system and we
customised the Debian Linux according to the need of our Dzongkha
users,” he said. “Since Debian Linux is recognised worldwide, we
encourage people to use it.” "

"The updated version will fully support Dzongkha computing on standard
programs or applications like word processing, spreadsheets,
presentations, web browsing and chatting."

"Developed over a period of 13 months and at about US$ 80,000, the
upgraded version has also dual booting system. “It’s a bilingual
software, meaning that it supports both English and Dzongkha language,"
said Pema Geyleg. ”

"DIT is aiming to develop software like Text to Speech, Speech
Recognition system, and Optical Character Recognition system on Dzongkha
Debian Linux in the second phase. 
Text to Speech program will read out text from the screen in Dzongkha.
“This will be of big use to people, who cannot read or write,” he said.
The Speech Recognition system will make the computer type any dictation.
“We have the capacity and are confident of doing it,” said Pema Geyleg."

"DIT has also released a 222-paged book on dzongkha computer terms.
Officials said that they will also conduct a training for interested
people. Meanwhile, the software will be posted on Druknet [10] soon and
will be downloaded for free also at the project site [6]. 
Live CDs are available at DIT."

About Bhutan
The Kingdom of Bhutan [2], [3], is a landlocked South Asian nation
situated between India and Tibet, People's Republic of China, and is
often described as the last surviving traditional Himalayan Buddhist
culture. The official language is Dzongkha, a language from the
Sino-Tibetan family. Bhutan is very committed to preserve its local
culture and traditions.

About Debian

Debian GNU/Linux from Debian Project [4] is a free operating system
among its projects [5], developed by more than a thousand volunteers
from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. Debian's
dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open
development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its
dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide
the best operating system possible.

[0] http://www.dit.gov.bt/newsdetail.php?newsId=81
[1] http://www.debian.org/News/2006/20060719
[2] http://www.bhutan.gov.bt/
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan
[4] http://www.debian.org
[5] http://www.debian.org/ports/
[6] http://dzongkha.sourceforge.net
[7] http://www.dit.gov.bt/newsdetail.php?newsId=81
[10] http://www.druknet.bt

Andre Felipe Machado

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