"Jambo, OpenOffice!" Launch of Swahili Free and Open Source Software
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA, 06 December 2004
As the Father of Tanzania, the late Mwalimu Nyerere will always be remembered by his famous saying: "It can be done; play your part".
Today, 4th December 2004, The Open Swahili Localization Project, also known as Kilinux, is proud to announce the first ever release of a free office suite software in Swahili, called "Jambo OpenOffice."
Jambo OpenOffice is the Swahili version of OpenOffice.org, a leading international effort to provide a free and open source office suite based on open standards and capable of running on all major computer platforms.
This pioneering effort is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). It is coordinated by the Department of Computer Science (UDSM), Institute of Kiswahili Research (IKR) and the Swedish consultancy company IT+46. The project does not only aim to localize free and open source software into Swahili, but also to create awareness of the benefits of using and extending free software.
Main project coordinator, UDSM
Dr. Hashim Twaakyondo
Phone: +255 22 24 10 657 (office), +255 744 386261 (mobile)
Technical project coordinator, IT +46
Dr. Alberto Escudero Pascual
Phone: +255 745 88 40 04
ICT Project Manager, SIDA
Phone: +255 22 21 22 235 (office), +255 744 44 44 80 (mobile)