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XeTeX is an extension of TeX with built-in support for Unicode and OpenType. For more details see http://scripts.sil.org/xetex

Creating documents using XeTeX

  1. Install TeX Live.
    Install latex and xetex. For ease of installation and configuration, we suggest to use a TeXLive version 2012 or above - either standalone TeXLive distribution or install from your distribution's package manager. Windows and OSX versions are also available.
    In Fedora, you can install the packages texlive-latex and texlive-xetex.
  2. Install Fontspec and Hyphenation packages.
    Install polyglossia and Indic hyphenation rules.
    In Fedora, the packages are texlive-fontspec, texlive-polyglossia and texlive-hyphen-indic
  3. Install the fonts.
    For Malayalam, let us try to use Rachana.
    In Fedora, the package is smc-rachana-fonts.
  4. Create your tex document.
    An example document is:
    സീടെക്കിൽ മലയാളം ടൈപ്പ്സെറ്റ് ചെയ്തത്.
  5. Compile the document using XeTeX
    xelatex yourdocument.tex

In Debian/Ubuntu install following

sudo apt-get install texlive texlive-latex3 texlivexetex texlive-latex-extra