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ونڈوز پر اردو کے استعمال کے لیے چند مشورے اور جُگاڑیں

Computer usage in one’s own native language is getting popular these days, and many Softwares now include several languages to overcome the language barrier of the users. It has its own joy of interacting with computers in mother tongue.

Urdu is also one of the languages which is gaining popularity in computer usage. Efforts have been conducted by Pakistani Universities and other professionals to enhance the presence of urdu in general computing activities. These efforts are often supported by Govt. of Pakistan. NUCES Lahore Campus has contributed significantly to the cause with their CRULP ( Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing) initiative.

Following is a list of few good utilities for using urdu on PC from CRULP.

Just to let you know about the complexity of fonts for languages in arabic script is that the actual appearance of character /alphabet is dependent on the context. e.g م is meem, in محمود there are 2 positions for meem, initial and middle,and in علم meem is in final position:)
Now urdu uses alphabets from arabic language, but it follows persian script “Nastaleeq”, which may be a bit difficult for computers, as each new character is connected at a lower level and the whole word follows a slanting path.

So use these utilities, and send your suggestion to the developers, so that they may come up with a better and enhanced version.



Xbox Linux

I am preparing for GRE and hence I got several things on mind to do instead of concentrating on my preparation. So this time I choose to experiment with Linux on Xbox. I bought my Xbox in 2005, and got it modded soon (for the reason I am sure you know.) and its no longer under warranty. I have tried many things with Xbox, evox, dashboards, networking with my existing cable net. As the accessories are not available at the moment, so I am planning to go deep down it , I am thinking about attaching USB ports to it. There are plenty of tutorial available for that on Internet.

But , before that I would like to feel the power of Linux on Xbox. Why I am tempted to do so. Well the idea came to my mind when I started looking for web hosting for my domain and sub-domain. (currently I host my sub-domain on my laptop which is subject to my availability at home). I was thinking about running a full time web server on my Xbox machine, (its 733 MHz Intel, with 64 MB ram  and 10gb HDD, a network card ). I am not expecting much traffic on my domain, so this simple machine will be able to cater as a webserver ( a lamp setup to be precise).

Xbox Linux is not a new concept , born along with the release of Xbox. Xbox-Linux and Xbox-Scene are good source for tutorials and guides for running Linux on Xbox. There are several methods for doing so, usually categorized as software mod and hardware mod. Software mod requires the use of software exploit to run the unsigned code (Microsoft does not endorse home brew application /Linux on Xbox, ). Using the exploit , the installer flashes the bios with a different bios known as Cromwell (an alternate firmware for Xbox though it only load Linux and cannot be used for playing games). A hardware mod requires hardware modification (installing a mod chip etc).

There are several Xbox Linux distributions available on the Internet. I found the following three quite interesting (I was looking for live flavors).

  1. Lumumba by Dynebolic
  2. Xebian (based on Debian)
  3. Gentoox (based on Gentoo)

Each distro has its own advantages, but each can be run live. I will try to list the difference along with my experience as I don’t have writable cd with me right now. I am looking forward to the weekend for this experiment.



Knoppix-live linux frm CD : first encounter

whaaooa !!!

the time is 4:26 , almost 45 minutes ago , i just booted my pc with Knoppix to expereince the live linux,, and i m still in amaze 🙂 i must say what the F*&k , this is damn sexiest thing i have ever witnessed, sorry ladies, but this live linux distribution is driving me crazy, i m wrting this blog from mozilla browser from knoppix distro

well what is a linux live cd , live linux are distirubtion of linux which resides on the cd/dvd, and there is no need to install them , u just boot off from ur cd, the loader will load os into RAM , wihtout ever touching ur HDD,and i mean complete OS ,with many application available in this distro of knoppix ( including koffice, kdevelopment IDE, a ful fledge media player capable of playing divx files, audio player, network tools, mulitmeida tools , and whole lot more

although there are options available to install these live linux distro, i dont think they are much needed :),the knoppix creates all files in memory (RAM) uunless specified, it also has the support of USB drives ,so that u can persist ur desktop and fiels on the usb and can easily carry over.It is also quoted very often that a usb stick +live linux cd(knoppix in our case) makes a mobile desktop, u just need these 2, and every pc becomes ur own pc 🙂

i was half asleep before rebooting the system, the download just finished about 1 and half hour ago, i had to burn the cd so that a bootable media is available, and after 5 mins it shocked me :D,

newayz , i wuld recomnd this distro to all linux enthusiasts, specially students and normall windows user who just want to taste linux without actually modifying their harddisk ,and intalling it 🙂
long live linux 🙂