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Sun Calendar in Thunderbird

Thu, 2006-10-05 06:20

I am using Thunderbird as my email client, as the UI is consistent across all platforms (Solaris/sparc, Linux/x86, Mac/PPC). Till now, it was missing integration with Sun's calendar server. Many times I started up Evolution when I needed to work with meeting appointments.
Now there is a solution (at least for Linux & Mac). Enter Mozilla Lightning. The lightning-wcap.xpi has to be downloaded and using Thunderbird's install tool, installed this addon. After restarting Thunderbird, now I am able to use Thunderbird to my mail as well as calendar client.
Now, what would it make to make a Solaris/sparc, Solaris/x86 equivalent of lightning-wcap.xpi? Any volunteers? I will post more on this later, after attempting for Solaris.


OpenSolaris PPC

Thu, 2006-10-05 06:04

Wow. It is happening. I am one of the very eager user waiting for a PPC port of OpenSolaris. I just hope I can run the upcoming port in my G3 Powerbook (Pismo) and dump the current Ubuntu Linux PPC and dual boot with OpenSolaris instead.


Some updates

Thu, 2006-09-07 16:55

It has been a long time. Lot of water has passed under the bridge. I have moved to a new team. Part of the Sun Grid team now.
On the localisation front, if you didnt know yet, Tamil is one of the first new locale that made it to OpenSolaris. This effort jumpstarted some colleagues, Raju Alluri and Kesari Mandyam to add locales for Telugu and Kannada. Very soon, we can see OpenSolaris in Indian languages.
I am running into some translation hurdles though. My home system still does not support Solaris (old network card, Compex). So, I thought I will do the translation in Linux (Ubuntu) using gtranslator. None of the Solaris .po file (untranslated) were opening. A 'msgfmt x.po' gave many syntax errors. So, it looks like I have to get my home system with Solaris, soon. (Siva- move your lazy a$$ and get a modern NIC card). Will post you on my progress later (Not so much later, I assure you).

Solaris & Tamil - Part II

Mon, 2006-01-30 19:29

More updates. I have, with the help of OpenSolaris/Sun folks, have successfully created a Tamil locale for Solaris (10). Now, I can set the locale (in my .dtprofile) to ta_IN.UTF-8 and can see the GNOME (JDS) desktop in Tamil :-) (well most of it).
Though I see a similar rendering issue in GNOME terminal. (swapping of characters), while all other apps (panel on menu items, metacity on window titles) seem to render them okay.
Next step is to get the X11/Openwin part of the localisation, I guess.


Contains: Gedit with a Tamil text, Firefox (built with --enable-pango), Run dialog, GNOME-terminal (compare the date output with the one on the panel on top).


Solaris & Tamil

Mon, 2006-01-16 15:46

Ever since I saw the multi language capabilities of KDE (back in 1997/1998), I wanted to have my desktop at work to be in Tamil, my mother tongue. I then become the Tamil language coordinator and worked to get an Indic language officially release part of KDE 2.0.1. Even though it was easy(ier) in Linux, seeing Tamil on Solaris/sparc had been a challenge always and my passion.
Now with Sun behind GNOME, in my spare time, I try to make Tamil work on Solaris (sparc, in particular). Like, compiling the GTK2-IM modules for Tamil in my workstation or compiling my own version of Firefox with --enable-pango. Without this option, Tamil Unicode websites (like does not render correctly. My request to enable this by default in Solaris contrib builds has been shot down though.
I can now read and write (With setting GTK_IM_MODULE=tamilvp_uni) in Tamil, in the GNOME desktop as well as in Firefox (like this blog, even though there are some bugs)

தமிழ் படிக்க தெரிந்த அனைவருக்கும் எனது வணக்கங்கள்!!
அனைவருக்கும எனது இனிய பொங்கல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!


First post - Daily Links

Mon, 2006-01-02 16:04

Hello world! (What else)

This is my first post. For filling up this text, I am listing some of the sites that I visit almost daily (after checking Sun mails, of course). (latest fav theme is VistaBut) (astronomy pic of the day)

Thats all for now, folks.