New Ubuntu 11.04 supports 10 Indian languages

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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The newly released version of the Ubuntu operating system is coming with boot time locale support for two more Indian languages than the previous release. Adding to the list of already supported eight languages, Ubuntu 11.04 now supports Telugu and Kannada.

According to Arjuna Rao Chavala, an Ubuntu Telugu Localisation Coordinator, several graphical user interfaces and applications like Firefox and Libreoffice that are shipped with Ubuntu are already available in local languages and several portals providing information in local languages. This will help people including school students and elders start using computers in their native languages.

The new OS from Canonical introduces Unity, its new interface, which is said to be simpler, easier to use. Moreover, Ubuntu 11.04 is claimed to be genuine free alternative to Windows, particularly in the smartphone and tablet market.
In addition, Ubuntu is the first operating system that supports the Rupee Symbol.

According to the company, Ubuntu 11.04 takes advantage of modern graphics to provide a visually rich interface for the PC that is inspired by smartphone and tablet design thinking. In case of older PCs, Ubuntu automatically determines whether their graphics card supports Unity and provides a 'classic" experience when Unity would not work.

With a launcher on the left-hand side of the screen, the users of Ubuntu 11.04 will find a clean workspace. The launcher is configurable and allows the user to choose which applications they want in a single click.

In case of seeking applications, users will see the most recently used or installed apps. There will also be suggestions for applications to download through the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Ubuntu 11.04 allows searching files by file name or by type. Another key feature that comes with the new version is that it fully supports touch screens. There are numerous other enhancements like a 'global menu" for most pre-installed apps, which means that the menus for all applications will be in the same place at the top of the screen.

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