Monday, February 20, 2012

Your Language! Your Freedom! preserve it for the next generation!!

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”

-- Nelson Mandela

I just want to show how you could join the 2012 International Mother Language Day by celebrations by contributing to a FOSS project with your friends and relatives.
In this century ICT plays manor role in  various fields including education sector. There are many tools have been localized but most of them not let you in to the project to contribute as a localizer. So where you could contrinute to a softwrae on behalf of your own language or community?
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects let you to enable local language support on behalf of your community. More over FOSS is the best solution in terms of sustainability when we considering ICT literacy programs.

Firefox (
Worlds best Open Source web browser in the internet world. It also running on   Windows, Linux or MAC and also the default browser of GNU/Linux systems.
Firefox comes with more than 70 language support which powered by hundreds of volunteers localizers around the world.

LibreOffice (

LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base.

Gnome Desktop (

Gnome is one of the most popular Desktop among the GNU/Linux users, which use as the default desktop of Fedora, Debian, CentOS, RHEL, etc

Sugar Desktop (

The award-winning Sugar Learning Platform promotes collaborative learning through Sugar Activities that encourage critical thinking, the heart of a quality education. Designed from the ground up especially for children, Sugar offers an alternative to traditional “office-desktop” software.
Sugar is the core component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with equal opportunity for a quality education. Available in 25 languages, Sugar’s Activities are used every school day by almost two-million children in more than forty countries.
Originally developed for the One Laptop per Child XO-1 netbook, Sugar runs on most computers. Sugar is free/libre and open-source software.

KDE Desktop (
The KDE Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon.

Fedora (

Fedora is a fast, stable, and powerful operating system for everyday use built by a worldwide community of friends. It's completely free to use, study, and share.

Debian (

Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run.

Its your responsibility...
According to the UNESCO nearly half of the more than 6,000 languages spoken in the world could die out by the end of the century.
Just check out each project listed above and feel free to join us to bring your language to forward by enabling your local language support via a true community based project.

"The language of our thoughts and our emotions is our most valuable asset. Multilingualism is our ally in ensuring quality education for all, in promoting inclusion and in combating discrimination. "

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

For the 13th time the UNESCO celebrate the 2012 International Mother Language Day 'Mother tongue instruction and inclusive education'.

The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FOSS Session at Deyata Kirula, a success!

Free and Open Source Software awareness lecture series organized by ICTA and Hanthana Linux community in line with Deyata Kirula 2012 education and trade exhibition was conducted ICTA stall on 7th and 8th of February.

A gift from the ICTA 

A lot of people participated at this event and the feedback was highly positive.

Participants consisted of students, teachers, parents and employees from the government and private sectors.

During the session, teachers got the chance to do a short lessons to their students using the education software in Hanthana Linux. At that point teachers were successful in getting used to the software during a short period of time of like 2 minutes and conducting the lesson to their students.

A school teacher (who visit the ICTA stall) conducting a small session on chemistry using Kalzium application to the audience

ICTA presented the students with prizes like shool bags and pens and refreshments were offered . Further, ICTA distrubuted the Hanthana Linux 15.5 LiveDVD free of charge.

Although it was scheduled to conduct only three sessions a day, a new session had to be started just after a session driven by the enthusiasm of the students and parents on Free and Open Source Software awareness lecture series.

Two winner of the TuxMath game (a mathematical game)

Information Technology Branch of Ministry of Education also in their stall introduced Free and Open Source Software for the second time throughout the exhibition.

Hanthana community pays the gratitude to Mr. Bandula Ranathunga who supported at the very first step to join Deyata Kirula exhibition, Ministry of Information Technology, team from ICTA, Mr. Athula Pushpakumara, Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya, Mr. Mahesh Kuragama, Mr. Priyanka without whom this won't be a reality and finally to Mr. Sujith Jayasooriya who coordinated and supported Hanthana community.

Discussing.. what is the answer?

No matter its day or night.. all the FOSS sessions flooded by the parents, kids, etc

දැයට කිරුල ප්‍රදර්ශනයේදි නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග සඳහා උණුසුම් ප්‍රතිචාර!

දැයට කිරුළ 2012 අධ්‍යාපන සහ වෙළඳ ප්‍රදර්ශනයට සමගාමීව ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ආයතනය සහ හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් ප්‍රජාව එක්ව සංවිධානය කළ නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග පිළිබඳ දැණුවත් කිරිමේ වැඩසටහන් මාලාව පෙබරවාරි මස 7 සහ 8 දෙදෙන තුළ ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ආයතනයේ ප්‍රදර්ශන කුටිය තුළ දි සිදු කරන ලඳි.

ICTA ආයතනයෙන් තෑග්ගක්..

මේ සඳහා අති විශාල පිරිසක් එක් වූ අතර සහභාගි වුවන්ගෙන් උණුසුම් ප්‍රතිචාර ලැබුණි.
පාසල් ළමුන්, ගුරුවරු, දෙමාපියන් මෙන්ම රාජ්‍ය සහ පුද්ගලික අංශවල රැකියාවන්හි නියුතු කොටස් මෙම වැඩසටහන සමඟ එක් විය.

මෙම වැඩසටහන අතර තුළ දි පාසැල් ගුරුවරුන් සඳහා හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් පද්ධතියේ ඇති අධ්‍යාපනික මෘදුකාංග භාවිතයෙන් කෙටි පාඩමක් තම පාසැල් දරුවන්ට කිරීමටද අවකාශ ලබා දීම විශේෂත්වයකි. එහිදි එම මොහොතේ විනාඩි 2ක් පමණ කාලයකදි අදාල මෘදුකාංගය භාවිතයට හුරුවීම මඟින් පාසැල් දරුවන්ට කෙටි පාඩමක් කිරීමට පාසැල් ගුරුවරු සමත් වූහ.

ප්‍රදර්ශනකුටියට පැමිණි පාසැල් ගුරුවරයෙක් පැමිණ සිටි පාසල් ළමුන් ඇතුලු පිරිසට Kalzium මෘදුකාංගය භාවිතයෙන් රසායන විද්‍යාව පිළිබඳ කෙටි පාඩමක් කරමින්...

පාසැල් දරුවන් සඳහා පාසැල් පොත් බෑග්, පෑන් වැනි තිලිණ මෙන්ම කෙටි සංග්‍රහයක් ලබා දීම ද ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ආයතනය විසින් සිදු කරන ලදි. එමෙන්ම හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් 15.5 DVD තැටි නොමිලේ බෙදා දීමද ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ආයතනය විසින් සිදු කරන ලදි.

දිනකට වැඩසටහන් 3 ක් පමණ කළ හැකි යැයි මුලින් සැලසුම් කළ ද, එක් වැඩසටහනක් අවසන් වෙත්ම තවත් වැඩසටහනක් ඇරඹීමට සිදු වුයේ පසල් සිසුන් සහ ප්‍රදර්ශනයට පැමිණි දෙමාපියන්ගේ නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග පිළිබඳ හදුන්වා දුන් වැඩසටහන් සඳහා තිබූ උනන්දුව නිසා වෙනි.

ගණිතමය ගැටලු ඇසුරෙන් නිමවා ඇති TuxMath ක්‍රීඩාවෙන් ජයගත් පාසල් සිසුන් දෙදෙනෙක්..

තවද, අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශයේ තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ශාඛාවද තම ප්‍රදර්ශනය කුටිය හරහා දෙවන වරටත් නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග හදුන්වා දීම මුළු ප්‍රදර්ශන කාලය පුරාම සිදු කරන ලදි.
දැයට කිරුළ ප්‍රදර්ශනය සඳහා එක් වීමට මූලික අවදියේදි සහාය දුන් බන්දුල රණතුංග මහතාටත්, තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ අමාත්‍යාංශයටත්, මෙම සියලු කාර්යයන් සාරථක කර ගැනීම උදෙසා උරදුන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ආයතනයේ අතුල පුෂ්පකුමාර, වසන්ත දේශප්‍රිය, මහේෂ් කූරගම, මලිත්, කසුන්, ප්‍රියන්ක සහ හන්තාන කණ්ඩායමට අවශ්‍ය සියලු සම්බන්ධීකරණ කටයුතු කරමින් හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් කණ්ඩායමෙ සහායට එක් වූ සුජිත් ජයසූරිය මිතුරාටත් හන්තාන ප්‍රජාවේ නොමද ස්තුතිය පිරි නැමේ.

පැණයකට පිළිතුරු සොයමින්..

රැයක් දවාලක් නොමැතිව නිදහස් සහ විවෘත කේත මෘදුකාංග පිළිබඳ වැඩසටහන් සඳහා අති විශාල ඉරිසක් එක් ව සිටි අයුරු

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Feel the freedom at Deyatakirula 2012

Hanthana Linux team, with the collaboration of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, is about to a conduct an awareness event on Free and Open Source Software and Hanthana Linux on 7th and 8th of February at "Deyata Kirula 2012" Education and Trade exhibition which is held at Oyamaduwa, Anuradhapura in line with the 64th Independence Day. Lectures series which 100 people can participate at a time, opportunity to use free and open source software installed on computers and people will get the chance to get their queries answered.

Following topics will be covered in lecture series.

  • Free and Open Source Software
  • Free and Open Source Software for education
  • Hanthana Linux project
  • Contribution for Free and Open Source Software
  • Free and Open Source Software launched and sponsored by ICTA
Get to know about Free and Open Source Software, visit ICTA stall at Deyata Kitula exhibition premises on 7th and 8th of February. Please be kind enough to spread the word to teachers and students of North Central Provincial area as well as to other who wish to visit the exhibition.

Apart from that Information Technology Unit of the Ministry of Education is about to conduct a awareness session of Free and Open Source Software in their stall.

For Deyata Kirula, Hanthana Linux 15.5 was released and ICTA has made arrangements to deliver a copy of the operating system for those who need at the exhibition premises. Visit this link to get the latest version. Danishka, Bandula, Kalhara and Hiranya representing Hanthana Team will assist you in Deyata Kirula exhibition premises.

දැයට කිරුළ ප්‍රදර්ශනයේදි හන්තාන සමඟින් විදින්න නිදහස...

64 වන නිදහස් දිනයට සමගාමීව අනුරාධපුර, ඔයාමඩුව ප්‍රදේශයේදි පැවැත්වෙන "දැයට කිරුල 2012" අධ්‍යාපන සහ වෙළඳ ප්‍රදර්ශනයේදි ,නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග සහ හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් ව්‍යාපෘතිය පිළිබඳ දැණුවත් කිරීම සඳහා හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් කණ්ඩායම පෙබරවාරි 7 සහ 8 දෙදින තුළ ,දැයට කිරුල භූමියේදි ශ්‍රී ලංකා තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ නියෝජිත ආයතනයේසහයෝගීත්වයෙන් වැඩසටහනක් ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට නියමිතයි. මෙහි දී , එකවර සිය දෙනෙකුට සහභාගි විය හැකි දේශන මාලවන් පැවැත් වීම, පරිගණක තුළ ස්ථාපිත නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග භාවිතයට අවස්ථාව ලබා දීම මෙන්ම තමන්ට ඇති ගැටලු පිළිබඳ විමසීමටද අවකාශ ලැබේ.

දේශන මාලාවන් තුළදි පහත මාතෘකා පිළිබඳ දැණුවත් කරනු ලැබේ.

  • නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග
  • අධ්‍යාපනය සඳහා නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග
  • හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් ව්‍යාපෘතිය
  • නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග ව්‍යාපෘති සඳහා දායක වීම
  • ICTA ආයතනය මඟින් දියත් කළ සහ අනුග්‍රහය දැක් වූ නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග ව්‍යාපෘති

මෙලෙස නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාංග පිළිබඳ දැණුම ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා දැයට කිරුල ප්‍රදර්ශන භූමියේ ඇති ICTA ආයතනයේ ප්‍රදර්ශන කුටියට පෙබරවාරි මස 7 සහ 8 දිනයන් තුළ පැමිණිමට අමතක කරන්න එපා. තවද උතුරු මැද පලාත ආශ්‍රිත පාසැල් ගුරුවරුන්ට සහ සිසුන්ටත්, මෙම ප්‍රදර්ශනය බැලීමට බලාපොරොත්තු වන හිතමිතුරන්ට මේ පිළිබඳව දැන්වීමට කාරුණික වන්න.

මීට අමතරව අධ්‍යාපන අමාත්‍යාංශයෙ තොරතුරු තාක්‍ෂණ ඒකකයේ ප්‍රදර්ශණ කුටිය තුළදීද නිදහස් සහ විවෘත මෘදුකාග පිළිබඳ දැනුවත් කිරීමක් සිදු කිරීමට නියමිතයි.

දැයට කිරුල නිමිත්තෙන් හන්තාන ලිනක්ස් 15.5 නිකුත් කර ඇති අතර දැයට කිරුල ප්‍රදර්ශන භුමියේදි මෙම නිකුතුව ලබා ගැණීමට අවශ්‍ය පහසුකම් ඉක්ටා ආයතනය මඟින් සලසා ඇත. නව නිකුතුව ලබා ගැණීමට මෙම සබැඳියට පිවිසෙන්න. හන්තාන කණ්ඩායම වෙනුවෙන් ඩනිෂ්ක, බන්දුල, කල්හාර සහ හිරන්‍ය දැයට කිරුල ප්‍රදර්ශන භූමිය තුළ දි ඔබට සහාය වනු ඇත.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

ஹந்தானவுடன் கட்டின்மையை உணர்வோம்

இலங்கைத் திருநாட்டின் 64 வது சுதந்திர தினத்தை முன்னிட்டு அனுராதபுர, ஓயாமடுவே பிரதேசத்தில் நடைபெறும் “தேசத்திற்கு மகுடம் 2012″ வருத்தக, கல்வி கண்காட்சியில் கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் மற்றும் ஹந்தான லினக்ஸ் பயன்பாடு குறித்து விளக்கமளிக்கும் பயிலரங்க நிகழ்வொன்றினை ஹந்தான லினக்ஸ் குழுவினர் எதிர்வரும் பெப்ரவரி மாதம் 7 ஆம் 8 ஆம் திகதிகளில்.
ICTA அமைப்பின் அனுசரணையுடன் “தேசத்திற்கு மகுடம்” பிரதேசத்தில் நடாத்தவுள்ளனர். இந்நிகழ்வு ஒரு தடவையில் நூறுபேர் கலந்து கொள்ளக்கூடிய கற்றல் கூடமொன்றில் நடைபெறவுள்ளது. இதில் கலந்து கொண்டு தங்களுக்குள்ள கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் பயன்பாடு குறித்தான ஐயங்களைளைத் தீர்த்துக்கொள்ளலாம்.
இப்பயிலரங்கில் ஐந்து விடயங்கள் பற்றி விளக்கப்படும்

1..கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் பற்றி
2. கல்வி தொடர்பான கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள்
3. ஹந்தான லினக்ஸ் திட்டம்
4. கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் திட்டங்களில் பங்களிப்பது
5. ICTA வினால் முன்னெடுக்கப்படும் கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் திட்டங்கள்

கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் தொடர்பான மேலதிக விபரங்களை பெற “தேசத்திற்கு மகுடம்” நிகழ்வு நடைபெறும் இடத்திலுள்ள ICTA வின் குடிலிற்கு பெப்ரவரி மாதம் 7 ஆம் 8 ஆம் திகதிகளில் வருகைத்தர மறவாதீர். மேலும் வடக்கிலுள்ள ஆசிரியர்கள் மற்றும் மாணவர்கள் உட்பட இந்நிகழ்வினை காண விளையும் நண்பர்களிடமும் இது பற்றிய தகவல்களை தயவு செய்து தெரிவித்து வைக்கவும்.

இதற்கு மேலதிகமாக கல்வி அமைச்சின் தகவல் தொடர்பாடல் தொழில்நுட்ப பிரிவினூடாக கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் தொடர்பான விளக்கமளிப்பு நிகழ்வும் ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது.

தேசத்திற்கு மகுடத்தின் நிமித்தம் ஹந்தான லினக்ஸ் 15.5 பதிப்பினை வெளியிடவுள்ளதுடன், அந்நிகழ்வில் ICTA அமைப்பினர் இப்பதிப்பின் பிரதிகளைபெற்றுக்கொள்வதற்கான ஏற்பாடுகளை செய்துள்ளனர். இந்த புதிய பதிப்பினை பெற அனைவரும் எமது குடிலிற்கு அணி திரண்டு வருகை தாருங்கள். மேலும் உங்களிற்கு உதவும் முகமாக ஹந்தான குழுமத்தின் சார்பில் பந்துல, கல்ஹார, ஹிரன்ய, மற்றும் அனுஷ்க ஆகியோர் கலந்து கொள்கிறார்கள்.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

TDF to base community-driven foundation in Berlin, Germany

Openness, meritocracy and transparency anchored in cornerstones of an enduring entity
Successful vendor-neutral development model to provide the best free office suite

Berlin, February 1st, 2012 - The Document Foundation (TDF) today announces that it will base its community-driven entity in Berlin, in the legal form of a German Stiftung. This kind of structure is recognized worldwide as a legally stable, safe and long term entity, providing the ideal cornerstone for the long term growth of the community and its software.

"For the first time in 12 years, the development of the free office suite finally takes place within an entity that not only perfectly fits the values and ideals of the worldwide community, but also has this very same community driving it. The future home of the best free office suite is built and shaped by everyone who decides to participate and join. And the best is: Everyone can contribute and is invited to do so, to further strenghten the free office ecosystem", says Florian Effenberger, Chairman of the Board at TDF.

Charles-H. Schulz, one of the founders and a member of the Board of Directors, adds: "Berlin is the icon of reunification and unity, and as such is the ideal home of our global community, aggregated around the objective of creating the best free office suite ever. We expect to be legally established during the next weeks, as soon as the last details of the formal process have been finished."

"After many months of work in close cooperation with the authorities, we were able to keep the spirit of the community bylaws, and incorporate them into legally binding statutes, that ensure the promises that TDF has made in its manifesto", says Michael (Mike) Schinagl, a Berlin-based lawyer and contributor to various free software projects, who has been driving the legal aspects of the foundation set-up from the very beginning.

In addition, TDF currently publically discusses ways for local entities to join and participate, and operative entities are currently being created to carry on special projects.

Founder of the Stiftung will be the German nonprofit association Freies Office Deutschland e.V., formerly Deutschland e.V., that so far acted as interim legal entity. "We congratulate the community for having achieved this key step, and are proud of having played a key role in setting up The Document Foundation. Our association is looking forward to working closely with the new entity and acting as a gateway between TDF and private as well as enterprise users", says Thomas Krumbein, Chairman of the Board at Freies Office Deutschland e.V.

The LibreOffice project welcomes donations at

The website of TDF can be found at
The best free office suite, LibreOffice, has its website at
Freies Office Deutschland e.V. host their German homepage at