Monday, July 14, 2008

Vacation ends, New world beckons, Old language makes frontiers

Bottom line : Day after tomorrow I'm off to Singapore to do my higher studies.

So the last few days have been hectic, finishing off all the relatives visiting and shopping. Owing to the timely hartals in Kerala (a blog subject all by itself), I couldnt even put in one decent day of shopping yet.

Linux Translation to Malayalam (for the next version of KDE Desktop) is one of the most satisfying things Ive been doing. It was an adventure all in itself, it started off with a handful of people like Manu, me, the pros Ani, Praveen, Santhosh etc.. soon the group became larger.. our deadline (13th) loomed closer.. people put in more night outs.. we made a wiki to make sure everyone knew what to do and what the other person was doing.. there was a googlegroups to consolidate things.. a project leader.. and even IRC online meetings sometimes..

It was the best online managed project Ive ever been part of!!!
To say the least, we made the deadline!! KDE 4.1.0 will include Malayalam in it!! And I'm an official Linux contributor now! (dont get boggled by that, its really too easy :-)

People who want to know more go to the site KDE Malayalam FCI Wikia
And you can learn how to contribute easily to Malayalam translation in Linux. Even I can add a few pointers, if you want :-)

Other than that, Ive been to Chennai, Calicut, Palakkad and back in a matter of days. Visited my school and met my old teachers. Went around the neighbourhood. These are the nonsensical stuff I've been doing the last few days.

To end it, a foreward bail : I dont know when I might see the Internet world again in Singapore, so my blog wil probably go on snooze for a few days now. Hope I can make it to a terminal on time :-)


Hari said...

I read through your wikia. This is cool stuff! Since I use GNOME, I don't have much probs with Malayalam rendering, but your job's pretty cool...

And yeah, bon voyage, buddy! Wish you all the best in Singapore!! Remember us puny mortals down here when you're at the pinnacle of fame with all your research papers...

May God almighty help you in all your ventures. Godspeed! :-)

Vinitha Vasanth said...
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Vinitha Vasanth said...

Great job Hari ! Congrats !!

Mahesh Mahadevan said...

Great work with the mallufication of KDE.
"Hope I can make it to a terminal on time": oh, what a supreme crack!

Brittz said...

kari... bon voyage

Quest said...

Good luck and Good bye Viruuu.....will be waiting for you here :)

Harshad said...

great work buddy...good to see your FOSS contribution. Keep it up
and all the best in S'pore

Hari Vishnu said...

thanx for the wishes man..the job was pretty easy actually, once i got over the mental block..

and ya please dont pokkalify me soo much.. im also just a paavam manushyan like u :-)..

Hari Vishnu said...

thanx vini

thanx man.. perhaps we can meet in chennai, i can come in front of tidel at 7 like that day..

Hari Vishnu said...


HEHE I KNEW YOU'D CATCH THAT PUN.. it came quite unknowingly but when i reread it i was rofl here over the last sentence :-)..

thanx for the compliments..

thanx dude.. its not going to be very hard for u either to contribute to marathi either :-).. maybe we can do something about this at next times foss meet :-)

Abhi said...

Good luck with the cruel competitive world out there! Have a great time and DO reach ontime[:D]

@nuP said...

All the best to you.. and do keep blogging..
bon voyage..

Hari Vishnu said...

@abhi and anup

thanx guys