is a volunteer community of users and developers who has banded together to create free-software solutions for enabling Malayalam language usage on computers. Essentially, the purpose of the community is to enable a person who knows only Malayalam to be able to effectively use a computer. Malayalam is the native language of the people from the State of Kerala, India.
"എന്റെ കമ്പ്യൂട്ടറിനു് എന്റെ ഭാഷ" is the slogan of the organization, which translates to "My language for/on My Computer". Swathanthra mean "Free/Libre" - SMC strongly believes, supports and follows the Free Software philosophy.
has been active since October 2002 and has been working to provide Malayalam language tools that work on all layers of computing including and not limited to rendering fixes, fonts, input mechanisms, translations (localization), text-to-speech engines, dictionaries, spell checkers and other language computing specific tools across operating systems. We are the upstream for Malayalam fonts and tools for popular GNU/Linux based operating systems such as Fedora and Debian. We also maintain localizations for popular Free Software Desktops (GNOME/KDE), popular applications such as Firefox and Libre Office. SMC's work is based on free software philosophy and for that reason, SMC works to translate the gnu.org website into Malayalam. SMC is perhaps the largest developer community in India and collaborates very closely with non-profits such as Wikipedia, and serves as an advisory to govermental/semi-govermental organizations that determine the future of Malayalam language on computers. We are not just developers though, we also have linguists, journalists, Wikipedians, writers and all sorts of language users among us. Over the years, SMC has evolved to accommodate developers focused on other languages such as Kannada and now provides a generic web based language computation framework called SILPA (http://silpa.org.in) . This effort aims to provides language computation tools for the spectrum of Indic languages rather than focus solely on Malayalam.
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