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Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2002 01:43:04 -0000
From: vvenkataramanan <venkat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [tamilinix] new font download tool available
I have written a new font download tool (BASH shell script). This
downloads all frequently used tamil fonts (TSCII, TAB, TAM, Vikatan,
Kumudam, Kalki, Murasu-Anjal compatible WebTamil fonts, etc.). With
this I plan to address the following problems for tamil linux users;
1. Downloading fonts to read various pages one by one.
2. Installing truetype fonts and making it available to X
It uses GNU wget to ftp download all fonts at one go from my
employer's ftp server (real fast), use ttmkfdir to create font scales
and update fontpath with chkfontpath utility. (I have tested this in
few machines running RH and Mandrake, I will be glad if someone tests
it in SuSE and Debian and more). I plan to add few more ftp servers
where I will maintain fontpools (any volunteers for space?).
The idea came out of Ximian Red Carpet for GNOME
(http://www.ximian.com). I wanted to write some unified
downloader/installer for everything tamil (fonts, keymans, akaram
editor, Unicode editor, Vasee's TamilTeX package, Sivaraj's console
tools, atleast one Tamil Linux Howto. This will make the life of
anyone willing to migrate to tamil desktop simple. First step though
is to make it work with fonts fully. It draws heavy inspiration from
similar utility by Sebastino Vigna for Microsoft's free webfonts and
some similar tools for Debian.
It is available for download from
ftp://ftp.tamillinux.org/apps/TamilFontsGet.sh and the documentation
is at http://www.tamillinux.org/fonts.html
With this I have also made some long pending changes to
tamillinux.org site - listing some latest developments in Mandrake
9.0rc1, GTK2 VP modules of Dinesh, Vasee's kimaps, the Tamil Linux
Howto written by me, etc. I just got the domain name and hosting
services renewed for two years (thanks to Mr. Maniam of iDNS.com,
Singapore). This has only 10MB quota and it is overfull (I had to
delete some old KDE rpms to make room).
I will be glad to receive feedback and suggestions on generalizing
this TamilFontsGet to a bigger TamilGet tool.