you see boxes, circles or junk characters instead of Malayalam fonts
please follow the instructions given below for viewing Indic text
your operating system is
to Tools -> Internet options -> Fonts -> select Malayalam
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
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.
Windows 2000 with IE 6.0+
to View -> Encoding and choose Unicode (UTF-8).
Go to Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Regional Options ->
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.
Windows 98 or Windows 95
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
Debian 4.0 or Ubuntu 7.10 GNU / Linux
Download the Malayalam CD Image for Debian 4.0 / IT@School 3.0 or that for Ubuntu 7.10
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)
If you prefer GUI then
Open synaptic package manager (Desktop ->
Administration -> Synaptic package manager)
In synaptic edit menu, choose add cdrom
Search for the package "ml-debian-patch" (for
debian) or for "ml-ubuntu-patch" (for ubuntu) as the case may be
Mark for installation
Apply to start installing the application
If you prefer to use a terminal then
Log in as root and give the following two commands
apt-get install ml-debian-patch
(for debian 4.0 ) or apt-get install ml-ubuntu-patch (for ubuntu 7.10)
Other flavours of Linux
Please visit the website Enable Malayalam