We, some enthusiasts, started dreaming about Maithili computer few years before and registered our project at sf.net with Maithili Computing Research Center name. Soon our dream started taking shape and now Maithili computer is not a dream, it is a reality. A reality for only few languages of India.
Maithili (autonym: मैथिली maithilī) is of the family of Indo-aryan langauges, which are part of the Indo-Iranian branch of the indo-european languages. It is spoken in the Indian state of Bihar and in the eastern Terai region of Nepal. Linguists consider Maithili to be an Eastern Indic language, and thus a different language from Hindi, which is Central Indic. Maithili has been considered a dialect of both Hindi and Bengali, and in fact was classified as a mother tongue of Hindi in the Census of India. In 2003 Maithili gained the status of an independent language in India. A movement to give the language official status through inclusion in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution so that it may be used in education, government, and other official contexts, resulted in Maithili being given official status in 2003. Now Maithili is among the 22 scheduled languages in the Indian constitution.
Maithili was traditionally written in the Maithili script (also known by the names Tirhuta and Mithilakshar, which has some resemblance with the Bengali script. It was also written in the Kaithi script, but the Devanagari script is the script most commonly used today for Maithili. An effort is underway to preserve the Maithili script and to develop it for use in digital media.
But Apart from all the things there is a need to come together for the cause of maithili computing and start working for it. Actually open source model is providing the base for all. We can make our own computer in our mother tongue. But all is needed your kar-seva for this project. You can help in several ways so why to wait for…come and join us.
Sangeeta Kumari – Coordinator
Rakesh Roshan – Content and Media
Pratibha Kumari – Contributor
Rajesh Ranjan – Mentor
Parag Nemade and Amanpreet Singh Alam
FUEL aims at solving the Problem of Inconsistency and Lack of standardization in Computer Software Translation across the platform for all Languages. It will try to provide a standardized and consistent look of computer for a language computer users. The Maithili Community Successfully completed FUEL evaluation for Maithili at Patna. The whole event details can be found Here.
Fedora is an open source Linux based stable operating system. Now Fedora is fully translated in Maithili. You can check the status on Fedora Maithili upstream page. So after having this an user can get the end to end experience of Maithili desktop from installation to all major applications.
GNOME is a desktop environment—a graphical user interface that runs on top of a computer operating system—composed entirely of free and open source software. You can check the status on Gnome Maithili status page. All major applications in Gnome are translated in Maithili to give users an overall great experience of open source desktop.
KDE is a free software project based around its flagship product, a cross-platform desktop environment designed to run on Linux, FreeBSD, Windows and Mac OS X systems.Here also all major applications are translated in Maithili. You can check the status on KDE Maithili upstream status page.
Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. A Net Applications survey put Firefox is the second most popular browser in terms of current use worldwide after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the most used browser independent of any one operating system. It is also translated in Maithili.Its is available from here to download: Firefox Maithili.
Hunspell is a spell checker and morphological analyzer designed for languages with rich morphology and complex word compounding or character encoding. Now it is available in Maithili as well. You can take the experience with F12. And It can be downloaded from here. At present it is having 48921 words in it.
Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client, based on a library named libpurple. Libpurple has support for many commonly used instant messaging protocols, allowing the user to log into various different services from one application.It is also translated in Maithili and filed as a bug for Maithili Pidgin. Soon will be available to public.