Digital Literacy Program InauguratedInauguration of SMC's Digital Literacy Program was conducted on International Mother Language
Indic Keyboard v3 released
Indic Keyboard - popular input tool for Android devices, published its major release version V3 with new features and improvements.
In this release, project lead - Jishnu Mohan, added long awaiting feature requests such as new language dictionaries, option to resize keyboard, toggle-able number row and several bug fixes.
Indic Keyboard Prime, a variant with proprietary binaries for Gesture Typing, is also updated to latest version.
Jishnu also made minor releases - v3.1, v3.2 this month. They shipped with fix for Avro layout for Bengali, swipe gestures for basic operations, all new three modern themes and UI fix for Inscript layouts.
A Telegram support channel is also maintained for feature discussions and bug reporting.
Varnam Editor is Now Available on Flathub
Varnam Editor is now available for downoad from
flatpak. Subin Siby made it easy to download and use Varnam Editor by listing it on flatpak repository.
Varnam Editor is a graphical user interface for popular transliteration input method - Varnam. Varnam Editor Support major Indic Lanugages including Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bangla.
To install Varnam Editor via flatpak, run:
flatpak install flathub com.varnamproject.Varnam
Malayalam Speech Corpus
Malayalam Speech Corpus (MSC) is a repository of curated speech samples collected using MSC web application. This version of Malayalam Speech Corpus contains 1541 speech samples from 75 contributors amounting to 1:38:16 hours of speech. It has 482 unique sentences, 1400 unique words, 553 unique syllables and 48 unique phonemes. Read more details on demographic diversity of the corpus and phonetic richness of the dataset from release note. People can contribute to the corpus by using the MSC web app.
Collective Statement Demanding Govt. of J&K to Restore High-Speed Internet
Software Freedom Law Center along with various non-profit organisations and civil society groups including SMC sent a letter to Government of Jammu and Kashmir to restore high-speed internet. The letter also highlight the fact that J&K is unprecedented restrictions on communications for an year. The letter and details can be found here.
Rethink Aadhaar for ILGMS
Digital rights organisations Rethink Aadhaar, Article 21 Trust, Internet Freedom Foundation, SFLC.in and SMC endorse a legal notice sent to the Government of Kerala by Bezwada Wilson and Kalyani Menon-Sen (prominent civil society activists, and petitioners in the Puttaswamy case, challenging the constitutionality of Aadhaar), asking that it sever all links with Aadhaar, in relation to its recently launched Integrated Local Self Governance Management System (ILGMS). Read more in this blog post.
SMC is a Community Partner in FOSS Hack 2020
Organized by the FOSS United Foundation to promote the creation and use of free software in India, FOSS Hack 2020 is conducted on 12th & 13th of September 2020. And SMC is a community partner for the same. Thus participants can do projects under SMC mentors. The hackathon offers cash prize upto ₹10 Lakh. Visit the website for more details.
Manjari v1.910 Available Now
Malayalam Spellchecker v1.1.1 Released
Version 1.1.1 adds a database of commonly mistaken words of Malayalam for quick checks and correction. If the given word is present in that common list, spellcheck result and correction suggestions will be based on that database.
To install :
pip3 install mlmorph_spellchecker
Read more on release announcement.
DebConf is the Debian Project's developer conference. For the very first time, famous DebConf had Malayalam conference track.
Sruthi Chandran, Anupa Anna Joseph, Keerthana Ashok, Aiswarya KK, Suman Rajan, Pirate Praveen, Kannan, Akhil, Subin Siby,Shyam G Krishnan, Abraham Raji, Kiran S Kunjumon and other volunteers spoke on different topics in Malayalam track.
OSM Kerala Mapping parties
OpenStreetMaps Kerala community conducted various campaigns this month. Major campaigns are
Soon after landslide hit Pettimudy on August 7, Open StreetMap Kerala acted quickly with a campaign to map unidentified road, rivers and other important points.
Virtual Mappy Hour
Virtual Mappy hour - An hour long armchair mapping party was conducted on 23rd of Auguest 2020 from 17:00 to 18:00 IST to add unmapped tiles to Open Street Maps. The effort was a success. Added 73 tiles in an hour to the map.
Cochin corporation mapping
Manoj Karingamadhathil put his efforts to create map Cochin corporation with a depth of ward-wise information. This work is significant as many departments including Local Self Governance, Revenue Departments are holding custodianship of map data, and not shared on public domain.
Kanhangad Municipality Ward map
Anilkumar KV, OSM Kerala Volunteer put created Kanhangad municipality map in public domain.
SMC Release File Server
Manjari, Indic Keyboard and Malayalam Speech Corpus are can be downloaded from the SMC Release File Server.
We thank Ashik Salahudeen & Balasankar C for their time and effort.
Entechill: Web Tool to Fix Chillu Problems
Mujeeb CP developed a web based tool to fix the infamous Chillu problems in Malayalam typing. The tool can be accessed from here.
Collection of Malayalam Two Letter Conjunct Words
Ajith R created a collection of Malayalam two letter conjunct words from the SMC corpus of Malayalam. The collection is available here.
Documenting happenings around Free Software, Malayalam and digital commons, which may or may not be directly from SMC volunteers.
Sruthi Chandran is now Part of Debian Community Team
Debian packager and contributor from Kerala, Sruthi Chandran is now a part of Debian Community Team. Read the mailing list announcement here.
Old Kerala Periodicals Archives
Shiju Alex made decades old Malayalam periodicals from Kerala available in archive.org.
In-News is renamed to
Ecosystem News to avoid ambiguity.