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Date: Fri, 06 Sep 2002 19:51:07 -0000
From: t_vasee <t_vasee@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [tamilinix] Mandrake 9.0rc1 first impressions
Hi Prabu Anand and Tamilinixers,
I installed Mandrake 9.0rc1 (on a Dell Inspiron 2600) yesterday. The
install went very smoothly with Mandrake's fabulously user-friendly
The Executive summary: The Tamil stuff simply works: no tweaks, no
packages to install, no messing around with myriad config files.
Hats off to Prabu Anand and Pablo from MandrakeSoft for pulling this
1. Mandrake installer asked me for the default language. I selected
2. A bit later, the installer gave me three choices for keyboard
I choose default TSCII keyboard layout. In the next screen, I choose
the CAPS LOCK key (also default) to switch between keyboards.
3. After Mandrake correctly detected my graphics card and set up X, I
picked KDE as my default desktop and said yes to a graphical login
As I logged into KDE, I was greeted by a fully Tamilized desktop. The
desktop icons and menu items all were in Tamil.
I launced Kedit and hit the CAPS lock key to switch to Tamil and I
was typing away in Tamil!
No need to select even select fonts, everything was set up perfectly,
the first time.
I noticed that the (nedil) uukarams were missing from the keymap file
and the Ikaram was using still the TSCII 1.6 codepoint. I guess Pablo
used a older version of my keymap file. I'll have to send the latest
version to Pablo ;-)
Next I opened Konqueror. It started up with the Tamilized Welcome to
Mandrake page. I visited http://www.aaramthinai.com (a TSCII website)
and it loaded the Tamil fonts perfectly. (although, as the Netscape
flash plugins do not come with Mandrake, the site loads an annoying
series pop-up Windows trying to connect to the Macromedia site)
Then I opened KWord. Again, default font has been setup correctly so,
I can type Tamil without any setup.
I tried printed the KWord document and it turned up perfectly on the
printer. I tried printed the Tamil KWord document and it turned
nicely the printer.
I'm not GNOME fan. I'll leave it to GNOME afficianados to fill in the