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How to set up your computer for displaying characters in Malayalam font?

If you see boxes, circles or junk characters instead of Malayalam fonts please follow the instructions given below for viewing Indic text .

If your operating system is

A.   Windows Vista

Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Fonts -> select Malayalam

B.   Windows XP and / or Windows Server 2003

Go to Start -> Control Panel.

If you are in "Category View" select the icon that says "Date, Time, Language and Regional Options" and then select "Regional and Language Options".

If you are in "Classic View" select the icon that says "Regional and Language Options".

Select the "Languages" tab and make sure you select the option saying "Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai)". A confirmation message should now appear - press "OK" on this confirmation message.

Allow the OS to install necessary files from the Windows XP CD and then reboot if prompted.

C.   Windows 2000 with IE 6.0+

Go to View -> Encoding and choose Unicode (UTF-8).

Go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Regional Options -> General [Tab].

In the "Language settings for this system" frame, check the box next to "Indic".

Copy the appropriate files from the Windows 2000 CD when prompted. If needed, reboot your computer once the files have been installed.

D.   Windows 98 or Windows 95

These operating systems contain no inbuilt support for Indic scripts. Indic Scripts can only be seen properly in Internet Explorer. You also need to have a appropriate unicode font installed in your system for that script. It is suggested to install Internet Explorer 6.0 (or above) because it has better support for Indic scripts

E.   Debian 4.0 or Ubuntu 7.10 GNU / Linux

1.       Download the Malayalam CD Image for Debian 4.0 / IT@School 3.0 or that for Ubuntu 7.10

2.       Burn the ISO to CD (choose the option burn from image in your cd burning application; on GNU/Linux systems, right click on the ISO file and choose 'write to disk' option)

3.       If you prefer GUI then

3.1.    Open synaptic package manager (Desktop -> Administration -> Synaptic package manager)         

3.2.    In synaptic edit menu, choose add cdrom

3.3.    Search for the package "ml-debian-patch" (for debian) or for "ml-ubuntu-patch" (for ubuntu) as the case may be

3.4.    Mark for installation

3.5.    Apply to start installing the application

4.       If you prefer to use a terminal then

4.1.    Log in as root and give the following two commands

4.2.    apt-cdrom add

4.3.    apt-get install ml-debian-patch (for debian 4.0 ) or apt-get install ml-ubuntu-patch (for ubuntu 7.10)

F.   Other flavours of Linux

Please visit the website Enable Malayalam