Plasma 5.18 LTS Beta(5.17.90) available for testing: https://kubuntu.org/news/plasma-5-18-lts-beta-5-17-90-available-for-testing/
Kannan VM(@kannan ) will be sharing his experience migrating Janayugam daily's daily operations from proprietary to free software at KDE Conf 2020.
@subins2000 will be speaking about KDE Kerala's localization and promotion efforts at KDE Conf India 2020
2019 was a significant year for Malayalam computing. Read our year in a review for 2019 from our blog.
Wishing you a happy new year, on behalf of everybody at SMC.
Catch up on what happened in the libre graphics scene during October and November in the recap by Alexander Prokoudine.
Thanks for doing these recap posts @prokoudine.
Also read up on one success story of #scribus - enabling migration of an Indian newspaper, Janayugom, from proprietary tools to libre graphics tools on a gnu/linux platform which was completed by November.
Some of you may think freedom to modify software is useful only for techies. I'd like share the story of #scribus, a page layout software replacement to Adobe PageMaker and InDesign. This software only supported English and other Latin languages initially. Then a programmer from Oman, Fahad Amar Salim All Saidi added support for #Arabic with funding from Oman government. Along with Arabic, this change brought support for all Indian languages. #FreeSoftware
For those who are #NewHere, I'd like share another aspect of #mastodon that brought many of us here much before the current wave. Mastodon is Free Software (sometimes called as Open Source or Free and Open Source Software). It means anyone is Free to use, study, modify and share the software. This means we are not dependent on any single entity (person, company, country...) and we can be self-reliant.
This is a call for volunteers to test the #gitlab Debian package when new versions comes out.
You can just use a Virtual Machine, container or dual boot (to avoid loading your main OS) to do this. Installing gitlab is as simple as 'apt install gitlab' (well, rules of installing from experimental or backports repos in Debian applies).
Check https://wiki.debian.org/gitlab for details. Please reply or DM if interested.
Look at https://riot.im as a replacement to #WhatsApp. It is decentralized similar to #Mastodon but suited for private conversations and groups with end to end encryption for assured #privacy It is powered by #Matrix protocol and two instances are manged by Indians https://diasp.in and https://poddery.com