Arabeyes News 

Feb 01, 2010: Firefox for mobile released

The first stable release of Firefox for mobile (codenamed Fennec) is now available for Maemo. Thanks to Anas Husseini and Khaled Hosny for their quality translation of the first ever Arabic mobile web browser.

Full announcement.


Jan 29, 2010: Thunderbird 3 in Arabic
Finally, Thunderbird 3, the new generation of mail clients, has been released!

The Arabic version of Thunderbird 3.0 is here available.

Aug 18, 2009: Arabic conjuguator project Qutrub initiated

Taha Zerrouki starts an Arabic conjuguator project named Qutrub. The initial version supports conjuguation to all Arabic tenses and modes (Past, present, imperative and passive voices).

A web interface is here available, for further discussions please use the developer mailing list.


Mar 13, 2007: Arabeyes applies to GSoC
Arabeyes is pleased to announce that it intends to participate, for the first time, in Google's Summer-of-Code (GSoC) program. Arabeyes submitted its application in hopes of attaining permission to become a 'Mentoring Organization'. Google will look over our application and suggested projects/tasks to see if we fit their criteria after which "students" should be able to apply (Note: we were rather unfortunately not picked).

We'd like to thank Djihed Afifi for taking the initiative to make this happen as well as all those that participated and helped on Arabeyes' various mailing-lists. For further discussions please use the 'general' or 'developer' mailing-lists.

Dec 29, 2006: Arabic Gnome-2.16 Translation Complete
Arabeyes.org is pleased to announce that Gnome-2.16 has been fully translated (and 2.18 is very close to completion).

We'd like to thank our Gnome translation team members for pressing ahead in attaining this great goal (for further details please read this posting). For further discussions please use the 'doc' mailing-list.

Oct 28, 2006: Arabic Firefox 2.0 Available
Arabeyes.org is pleased to announce the availability of a fully translated Arabic Mozilla Firefox 2.0 browser.

Help us thank our Mozilla translation team members for their determination and continued efforts and feel free to give them as much assitance as possible for it is very much needed. For further discussions please use the 'doc' mailing-list.

Sep 19, 2006: Arabeyes' server upgraded
Arabeyes.org's server underwent a major software maintenance cycle (Sept 14 - Sept 18). All software packages and tools were updated as was its kernel (a number of complications arose which were ultimately addressed - special thanks to Mohammed.Trojette, Mohammed.Sameer and of course Anmar.Oueja). Various tools will continue to be worked on until they are improved and streamlined for better user and administration experiences. If you have issues and/or are interested in such things, you are highly encouraged to subscribe to the admin mailing-list.

Thanks to all those that helped and for your continued support and understanding.

Jul 22, 2005: Arabeyes Evolution Party 2005
Arabeyes.org took a major evolutionary step on July 29, 2001 when it mutated to its current final form. We, the volunteers, workers, Arabic language lovers and linux enthusiasts, would all like to invite you to celebrate this momentous occasion.

This year's theme is "Help us proceed in the right direction". We are hoping to hear from all our past volunteers as well as new recruits; we are anticipating some much needed and sought after feedback on how arabeyes as a project should move forward in order to further attain results. Our collective work is far from complete and as such we need to have a meeting of the minds to better organize our next steps.

Medium IRC
Server irc.freenode.net
Channel #arabeyes
Date Friday - July 29, 2005
Duration 4+ hours
Time 1400 - 1800UTC

To figure YOUR appropriate time visit World Time Server.

We hope to see each and everyone of YOU !!

Jul 11, 2005: Arabeyes attends LSM 2005
Arabeyes was cordially invited to the Libre Software Meeting (LSM) 2005 conference held July 5th through July 9th in Dijon, France. Our community had the great honor to have had Mr. Youcef Rabah Rahal attend the meeting and represent Arabeyes at the event. Youcef was asked to participate in various internationalization (i18n) topics and ultimately made three full presentations; he has kindly mailed-in various reports on the event and its proceeding.

Apr 26, 2005: Core Management Team Changes
Arabeyes.org is pleased to announce the addition of two (yes two) new 'core' members to its management team. The two, in no particular order, are Samy Al-Bahra and Mohammed Sameer. They both join with an extensive history of development, project management and Open Source doctrine. The addition was prompted by Mohammed Elzubeir's recent resignation, a founder and a long time manager of the project, due to some pressing "life" issues and time constraints.

We thank Mohammed Elzubeir for his support and involvement over the years (and continue to expect it :-) for he was instrumental in the existence and survival of Arabeyes then and now and we welcome aboard our two new associates for a great deal is expected of them from the entire community.

Please join us in welcoming Samy and Mohammed to 'core'.

Mar 06, 2005: Arabeyes attends AsiaSource
Arabeyes was humbly treated to an all-expenses paid invitation to attend AsiaSource I which was held in Bangalore India between January 28 through February 4th. Mr. Mohammed Sameer graciously took the honors to represent Arabeyes and our community at the event to further along our collective agendas, to promote FOSS and to raise awareness about the Arabic language's needs and concerns. Mr. Sameer's full trip report is available for all to read.

Jan 19, 2005: ACE - Q4.2004 Installment
Arabeyes is proud to publish its fourth quarter (Q4) 2004 ACE (Arabization Contributor and Evangelist) article featuring Arafat Medini.

Do please read the interview (available in both English and Arabic) in its entirety in hopes of better grasping how single individuals can make such a profound dent in the Arabization effort. Mr. Medini, an avid translator, was a prominent force in setting a once unthinkable precedence by reaching 100% translation status on Gnome in a remarkably short period of time. Arafat's efforts have clearly shown that where there is a will and a burning urge to get things done time and effort will not be in short supply and that even a single person can and does make a huge difference. Arafat, who has been jokingly credited with MadSpeak(tm), has never shied from speaking his mind and standing up to what he believes is the right direction on a myriad of topics. Arabeyes.org and its members salute and thank you for your continued hard work and commitment !!

Dec 29, 2004: Arabeyes' First Award
Arabeyes has been named 'Best Free/Open Project' (Meilleur Projet Libre) on December 18 as part of its participation at the "Casablanca GNU/Linux Days" held in Morocco. The award presented by Richard Stallman (RMS), founder of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project, was accorded to Abdulaziz Al-Arfaj as part of Arabeyes' presence at the event. This is a great honor which Arabeyes has been bestowed upon and we thank all those involved and congratulate all of Arabeyes' volunteers for this award is in all of YOUR names.

Dec 15, 2004: Arabeyes to Present in Morocco
Arabeyes has been cordially invited to present at Morocco's premier Linux event ("Casablanca GNU/Linux Days") to be held December 17 & 18 in Casablanca. This is a landmark event for Arabeyes not only for its reception of this respected invitation, but this marks the first time Arabeyes has been sought after with an all expenses paid invite. Arabeyes and its volunteers would like to thank the Moroccan event coordinators for their outright passion towards our common goals; without their finances and others' donations such conferences would not have included Arabeyes' input and participation.

Dec 02, 2004: Core Management Team Addition
Arabeyes would like to announce that its 'core' management team post its recent elections has fulfilled its promise of always attaining an odd number of management members (per Arabeyes' Handbook) by recruiting Abdulaziz Al-Arfaj. Abdulaziz joins the team with an unblemished record in which commitment is nothing short of full engagement and participation on all fronts. Abdulaziz, an avid Arabeyes member, has distinguished himself in always wanting to help, always seeking to propel Arabeyes and its agenda by continuously innovating and contributing. He's the epitome of a what a volunteer really should be and is an indispensable element to this community.

Join us in congratulating Abdulaziz for we expect nothing but great accomplishments from this up-n-coming leader.

Oct 11, 2004: ACE - Q3.2004 Installment
Arabeyes is proud to roll out its third quarter (Q3) 2004 ACE (Arabization Contributor and Evangelist) article featuring Christian Perrier.

Do please read the interview (available in both English and Arabic) in its entirety in hopes of better understanding how this energetic tireless non-Arabic speaker was/is able to assist in the Arabization of Debian's Installer (D-I). Mr. Perrier's efforts have played a key role and were pivotal in assisting Arabeyes bring forth the necessary manpower to realize a mutual landmark goal - the first fully Arabized Installer in a major linux distribution ever. Mr. Perrier has picked up where others have left off, he's a 'doer' in heart and for that Arabeyes.org and its members salute and thank you !!

Sep 29, 2004: Arabbix changes hands
Anmar Oueja citing time limitations has kindly transfered Arabbix's maintainership with full blessings to Mohammed Sameer. Mr. Sameer, most notably known for Katoob, is a avid developer and a serious contributor to the Open Source movement. Mr. Sameer is slated to focus on increasing the community's involvement and support in the project as we move forward with it.

Mr. Sameer, lead the way...

Aug 25, 2004: Arabeyes ready for Donations
Arabeyes would like to announce that it is now ready to receive monetary donations via the Banking industry's ubiquitous Wire transfer. Arabeyes, through one of it 'core' members acting as a custodian, now has its own bank account dedicated to serve Arabeyes and its volunteers' needs.

As a grass-roots volunteer transparent project, Arabeyes fully believes in and advocate openness in all regards. As such, Arabeyes has long vowed to keep all its financial records and transactions (donations and expenditures) available for scrutiny.

For further details please inspect the Donation page.

We look forward to your continued support to better serve our volunteers and the community at-large.

Jul 27, 2004: Arabeyes Evolution Party 2004
Arabeyes.org took a major evolutionary step on July 29, 2001 when it mutated to its current final form. We, the volunteers, workers, Arabic language lovers and linux enthusiasts, would all like to invite you to celebrate this momentous occasion.

This year's celebrations will be conducted under a "learn as you play" theme. We've invited a number of key developers, movers and shakers in the open source Arabic arena to hear them talk (a Question and Answer session to follow). So come join us celebrate Arabeyes' acomplishments and partake in this learning event.

Medium IRC
Server irc.freenode.net
Channel #arabeyes
Date Thursday - July 29, 2004
Duration 12-hours
Time 12:00PM - 12:00AMUTC

To figure YOUR appropriate time visit World Time Server.

Come help us celebrate this exciting annual event !!

Jun 17, 2004: ACE - Q2.2004 Installment
Arabeyes is proud to roll out its second quarter (Q2) 2004 ACE (Arabization Contributor and Evangelist) article featuring Ossama Khayat.

Do please read the interview (available in both English and Arabic) in its entirety in hopes of better understanding how a young hobbyist was able to make a difference in propelling the Arabization of Linux/Unix forward. Ossama has played multiple roles on the translation front and is a landmark contributor with an impressive record of accomplishments, an exceptional commitment level and a burst level unrivaled yet ;-)

Apr 01, 2004: ITL Initial Release (ver. 0.5)
Arabeyes would like to announce the initial release of ITL version 0.5

The Islamic Tools and Libraries (ITL) provides a comprehensive set of applications and libraries that relate to Islamic functions and caters to a Muslim's needs.

It currently provides,
  • Hijri date conversation (Hijri <-> Gregorian calendars)
  • Prayertime calculator
These applications and libraries are a first of their kind under the GPL and LGPL open source license. Yet another first under Arabeyes' umbrella and supervision.

Mar 25, 2004: QaMoose ver. 2.1 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the release of QaMoose version 2.1

QaMoose facilitates the access to an English/Arabic user-defined dictionary via web access using the DICT protocol. Its inception was meant to establish and retain consistent content to better assist Arabeyes' translators and technical writers (the dictionary content is envisioned to come from Arabeyes.org' Wordlist project). Changes since 2.0:
  • Addition of a light-weight CGI client (miniQ)
  • Introduced various user-input limitations
  • Various structural changes
  • Various bug fixes
QaMoose (and miniQ) are both deployed and available on Arabeyes' homepage.

Mar 18, 2004: Fedora Localization Project Started
Arabeyes would like to announce the recent launch of a new translation project: Fedora !

It's worth noting that 7% of the strings have already been translated in the past week ! You can help complete quickly the translation by volunteering no more than 20 minutes/day, 5 days/week :-)

Join the translation effort NOW !

Mar 16, 2004: OpenOffice Localization Project Launched
Arabeyes would like to announce the launch of the OpenOffice.org localization project.

The OpenOffice project focuses on providing an accurate, and complete user interface translation for the coming release of OpenOffice.

Once the localization process is complete, builds for Linux, Windows and Solaris will be offered for download from the project page. If you are interested in joining the effort, please email the doc mailing list so you can start working :)

Mar 15, 2004: Wordlist ver. 0.6.1 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the release of its open licensed English to Arabic Wordlist - version 0.6.1 (to be used in translations and/or dictionaries).

The wordlist is the culminations of many intense hours of a handful of serious volunteers. The current release contains approx. an additional 1,000 new terms along with various corrections. This release also introduces multiple translation denoted with a "::" (letters A and Z contain multi's).

The wordlist's contents are accessible (to test/use) via Arabeyes' QaMoose project online (alongside its miniQ cgi).

Feb 26, 2004: ACE - Q1.2004 Installment
Arabeyes.org is proud to announce the availability of 2004's first quarter ACE article featuring Ahmad Al-Rasheedan.

Do please read the interview (available in both English and Arabic) in hopes of garnering some insight into this individual's humble demeanor, intense focus and avid wisdom. Mr. Al-Rasheedan, involved in various translation efforts, has proven that action speaks much louder than talk. He is one of those behind-the-scenes figures who's intense passion, professional conduct and focus has spawned results time and again. He not only was instrumental in securing Arabeyes' new hardware, but continues to pour time and effort into the Wordlist project and is a true example for all.

Jan 12, 2004: Arabeyes Receives Two Major Donations
Arabeyes, through the generosity of many interested in its work-ethic, progress and results, has taken a major step forward in solidifying its long-term existence. Arabeyes is no longer a dilapidated machine sitting in someone's bedroom or basement limping along, but is now a full-fledged rack mountable 1u server (an IBM x305) courtesy of Mr. Khalifa Al-Soulah of Zajil Telecom (at the behest of Mr. Ahmad Al-Rasheedan) that is being hosted in one of Vancouver's most innovative ISPs - Binary Environments.

Arabeyes, its volunteers, workers and up-keepers thank Zajil Telecom and Binary Environments' decision makers and especially Mr. Khalifa Al-Soulah and John Batyka respectively for their confidence boast and for their belief in our abilities and in our drive to attain further results. Special thanks to Mr. Ahmad Al-Rasheedan for getting the ball rolling and for persisting and coming through - you deserve all our accolades. We thank all involved deeply for their donations and their trust in our cause.

Dec 30, 2003: Arabic project for Debian/GNU Linux
Debian Project serves as an umbrella for all work directly related to supporting the Arabic language on Debian/GNU Linux distribution

The first project under the Debian Project is localizing the new Debian installer to the Arabic language. Currently, Debian installer team is working on adding BIDI support to the installer, which should be ready very soon.

Check out the Debian installer po files and start working :)

Dec 27, 2003: ACE - Fourth Quarter (Q4) Installment
It is Arabeyes.org's utmost pleasure to note that Roozbeh Pournader is this Quarter's featured ACE.

Do please read his interview (available in both English and Arabic) to get a better glimpse into an individual who is not only very well versed in all issues Open Source and Arabic but is also a pillar in the community that has been an outspoken driver behind many scenes. Roozbeh's efforts and assistance have NOT gone unnoticed and so the entire Arabic Linux/Open Source community commends him on his continued drive and perseverance.

Nov 03, 2003: Wordlist ver. 0.6 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the release of its English to Arabic Wordlist - version 0.6 (to be used in translations and/or dictionaries).

The wordlist is the culminations of many man-months of effort and work. The current release contains an additional approx. 3,000 words along with various translation corrections. The release also includes a perl add/process script used in the package's maintenance.

The wordlist's contents are accessible (to test/use) via Arabeyes' QaMoose project online.

Oct 19, 2003: The World's First Arabic Live-CD released
Arabeyes would like to announce the first full public release of Arabbix. Version 0.8 will be distributed (courtesy of the Saudi Computer Society) at Gitex in Dubai (Oct 19 - 23) and is, as always, available for download free of any charges.

Arabbix is the world's first Arabic Live-CD (run-from-CD) distribution that showcases Arabeyes' and others' accomplishments and results - it includes most of the applications an Arab user might require or need. Arabbix is not only intended to attract new users and to cement the virtues of Open Source and Linux as a fully functional Arabic desktop medium, but is also hoped that it will engrave into people's hearts and minds Arabeyes' "can be done" and "results oriented" attitude and goals.

Arabeyes would like to thank its many volunteers for their time, hard work and perseverance in bringing this project to reality while enduring extreme duress due to an aggressive schedule and many deadlines. Arabbix is a true leap forward for all Arabic Open Source/Linux users.

Oct 01, 2003: QaMoose ver 2.0 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the release of QaMoose version 2.0

QaMoose is an English/Arabic user-defined dictionary mechanism that is meant to be used by translators and technical writers in order to establish and retain consistent content (the content is envisioned to come from Arabeyes' Wordlist project). QaMoose's two modes include a public DICT web client along side a means to suggest and correct terms locally.

Changes since 1.4:
  • Addition of a client web interface to access DICT servers
  • Added an admin download option of all approved suggested terms
  • Various bug fixes
QaMoose is now also deployed and available on Arabeyes' homepage.

Sep 10, 2003: Arabeyes hosts a DICT server
Arabeyes would like to announce the launch of an online English/Arabic dictionary based on the DICT protocol.

By pointing your Dict client to dict.arabeyes.org (port 2628), you can get the translation to more than 83,500 words. Use it for your everyday translation needs or when you are localizing applications (do note that its for single terms and not sentences or phrases). Since dict.arabeyes.org keeps a record of all unknown words/queries, use it as much as you can to help us improve the underlying vocabulary.

Sep 06, 2003: Wordlist ver. 0.5 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the release of its English to Arabic Wordlist - version 0.5 (to be used in translations and/or dictionaries).

The wordlist is the culminations of many man-months of effort and work (its translators and volunteers deserve our deepest gratitude for their exceptional job and commitment). The current release contains in excess of 83,500 words and spans a variety of categories (ie. it's general in nature).

Expect to see this package and its future siblings used in a variety of online free dictionaries. A true leap forward for our beloved Arabic Language and further proof of Arabeyes' embrace of Open Source principles.

Sep 03, 2003: Arabbix Project
Arabeyes would like to announce the start of the Arabbix project.

Anmar Oueja is working on an Arabic enabled version of KNOPPIX Live CD which will contain a fully enabled Arabic windowing environment (GNOME), OpenOffice 1.1, plus the entire suite of Arabeyes related projects.

Sep 01, 2003: FreeBSD-ports Project
Arabeyes would like to announce the start of the FreeBSD-ports project.

Samy Al Bahra and other interested members of the FreeBSD community are working on an Arabic category for the FreeBSD ports collection. An import to the real FreeBSD ports collection will happen in the coming days.

FreeBSD users, give these ports a try and send us some patches :)

Aug 21, 2003: ACE's Homecoming & New Feature
Arabeyes.org would like to revive a feature which it conceived and advocated by making ACE (Arabization Contributor and Evangelist) a regular quarterly feature (an interview article will be published every three months).

With that said and to kick-off this homecoming - it is our sincere pleasure to note that Mohammed Sameer is this Quarter's featured ACE. Do please read his interview (available in both English and Arabic) to get a better glimpse into a well grounded, very involved enthusiast and gentleman that the entire Arabic Linux/Open Source community has grown to depend on and whole heatedly appreciate.

Jul 22, 2003: Arabeyes Evolution Party 2003
Arabeyes.org took a major evolutionary step on July 29, 2001 when it mutated to its current final form. We, the volunteers, workers, Arabic language lovers and linux enthusiasts, would all like to invite you to celebrate this momentous occasion.

This year's celebrations will be conducted under a "Technical Roadmap" theme. If you've wanted to meet the team, thank someone for making your life more interesting or find out where Arabic Linux and Arabeyes is headed, then this event is for YOU.

Medium IRC
Server irc.freenode.net
Channel #arabeyes
Date Tuesday - July 29, 2003
Duration 12-hours
Time 2:00PM - 2:00AMUTC

To figure YOUR appropriate time visit World Time Server.

Come help us celebrate this annual event in earnest!

Jun 27, 2003: Core Management Team Addition
Arabeyes is pleased to announce the addition of new member to its 'core' management team. Mr. Anmar Oueja will bring forth an unequivocal level of hands-on involvement and objectivity. Mr. Oueja's shear love for this meta-project were evident when he volunteered for a number of things that many shy from. Translation, assisting newbies with installation questions, generation of website related artworks, offering to completely host Arabeyes to fulfill its complete requirements have been but a few of the many things Anmar has done. His dedication, commitment, curiosity as well as shear willingness to help along with his unabashed love to get into the unknown and get involved are wonderful traits that have gone very much noticed.

Welcome aboard Anmar, your kindness/professionalism have shined through :-)

Jun 25, 2003: Core Member Steps Down
Arabeyes would like to bid Mr. Isam Bayazidi a very warm farewell and to thank him deeply for his stint as a 'core' member. Isam has noted that due to recent time pressures, he felt it would be best for the project as a whole if he stepped aside and relinquished some of his duties. Isam, a true Linux lover and believer, has been and continues to be an asset to this meta-project - his accomplishments continue to grow steadily. Isam has noted that he will continue to assist as a regular member and held out the option of coming back :-)

Isam, we Thank You deeply and wish you all the best !!

Jun 02, 2003: Arabeyes' Vim Project - Complete
One of Arabeyes' first projects was the inclusion of Arabic support to Vim (started January 16, 2001). The recent release of one of the most popular editors out there - Vim-6.2 (which includes Arabeyes' patches and brings native Arabic support) proves that wonderful and grand achievements are possible even for the smallest of groups given an intensity of purpose.

This acceptance and achievement is further proof that Arabeyes' mandate, outlook and spirit are on track to fulfill users' needs. Arabeyes has once again, proven that community interest, cooperation and hard work yields incredible results. Thanks to all those that supported us in the past and to those that have contributed and continue to do so on a daily basis.

Feb 24, 2003: Core Management Team Addition
Arabeyes is pleased to announce the expansion of its 'core' management team by the addition of a new member. Mr. Youcef Rabah Rahal will bring forth an unequaled level of professionalism and subjectivity. Mr. Rahal's complete dedication, drive, curiosity, team-work and enthusiasm were self-evident in his quest for knowledge and in making arabeyes a more successful meta-project as well as in his many daily contributions to various projects. While being a vibrant member with contributions to translation efforts and developer discussions, he is the author of the Bayani project. We are very pleased to share in his experience and acumen and look forward to working more closely with him.

Welcome aboard Youcef, you deserve the newly bestowed honor :-)


Dec 12, 2002: Arabeyes Presents at Jordan's OSS Conference
Arabeyes, the Arab community's first Arabic Linux Development project, has been invited to participate and present at Jordan's premier Open Source Software (OSS) Conference. The conference sponsored by the Jordanian Ministry of ICT (Information Communictation and Technology), Estarta Solutions, General Computers & Electronics (GCE), Microsoft, RedHat, Specialized Technical Services (STS) and United Business Machines (UBM) and is supported by the USAID-funded AMIR Program.

The conference will be held Dec 15-16, 2002 in Amman, Jordan. Arabeyes.org has been in the forefront of Linux Arabization and Development since its inception early 2001 and has successfully established a solid foundation of an increasingly growing community of enthusiasts, developers and users.

For more information, please visit: [newsforge.com]


Nov 12, 2002: NEW Arabeyes Logo
Many many thanks go to Mr. Hassan Massoudy who has graciously designed the above calligraphy for the Arabeyes Project.

If you would like to see more of Mr. Massoudy's work, you can visit his website: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/hassan.massoudy/.


Sep 13, 2002: Katoob ver 0.3.0 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the release of Katoob version 0.3.0 Katoob is a small text editor for *NIX operating systems, based on the GTK+ library 2.0.

ChangeLog:

  • New MDI interface, and many GUI enhancements
  • GNOME compliant menubar
  • Polish translation
  • Arabic keyboard emulator (self-dependent input)
  • Import/export files using 'HTML Numerical Characters Reference'
  • Several bugfixes, code cleanups and optimizations
  • More details in this post

Aug 15, 2002: Arabeyes member called an ACE ?
Arabeyes would like to note a recent interview article featuring Arabeyes' own Nadim Shaikli as "Arabization Contributor and Evangelist" (ACE) for August-2002 (read it in English or in Arabic). Give the article a read to find out more about Nadim's warped mind :-) and work on getting yourself to be our next ACE.

Aug 09, 2002: Katoob ver 0.2 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the release of Katoob version 0.2. Katoob is a small text editor for *NIX operating systems, based on the GTK+ library 2.0.

ChangeLog:

  • Recent documents
  • Prefrences dialog
  • katoob can now read from the stdin `cat foo | katoob -'
  • A menu option to save window attributes when exit
  • A menu item to show/hide the toolbar
  • The toolbar can now be text only, icons only, or both
  • A menu item to show/hide the statusbar
  • In addition to the new configuration file layout, code optimization and of course the Arabic translation
  • No need to set the Codepage in the environmental variables to display the Arabic interface
  • The main window now has an icon "similar to that in the about box"

Jul 27, 2002: Katoob ver 0.1 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the first release of Katoob version 0.1. Katoob is a small text editor for *NIX operating systems, based on the GTK+ library 2.0.

Features:

  • Arabic interface
  • Keyboard input selector
  • Support for the multiple Arabic encodings "Reading and Saving"

Jul 02, 2002: Arabeyes Evolution Party!

Arabeyes.org took a major evolutionary step on July 29, 2001 when it mutated to its current final form. We, the volunteers, workers, Arabic language lovers and linux enthusiasts, would all like to invite you to celebrate this momentous occasion.

If you have wanted to meet the team, thank someone for making your life easier, or even yell at someone for not doing enough, then this is your chance!

Serverirc.openprojects.net
Channel #arabeyes
DateMonday - July 29, 2002
Duration12-hours
Time 2:00PM - 2:00AMGMT (UTC)
To figure YOUR appropriate time visit World Time Server.

Jun 03, 2002: Arabic command-line printing...
The Arabeyes project would like to note the availablity of a number of new command-line Arabic text print options using both BDF and TTF fonts.

For further details, please read this post.


May 08, 2002: Thanks to Al Jazeera
Arabeyes would like to thank Al Jazeera for giving it the chance to note linux's importance and viability as a true alternative to the other dominant OSes out there. Arabic and linux are becoming a reality and there are various other efforts leading to that end. Please contact our 'general' mailing list for further info.

Special Thanks to Walid Shaari and Mohammed Eldesoky.


May 01, 2002: mlterm - a fully working Arabic xterm
The Arabeyes project would like to turn your attention to the availability of a fully working terminal emulator - mlterm-2.4.0.

mlterm will allow its users to view/edit/mail Arabic/English combinational files as well as use such common commands as 'cat', 'head', 'tail', 'less', 'more', 'vim', etc all with the utmost clarity of being able to see both Arabic and English properly. Here is a screenshot of it using the 'lynx' text-browser.

For further details, please read this post.


Apr 16, 2002: QaMoose ver. 1.4 Released
Arabeyes would like to note the release of QaMoose version 1.4

QaMoose is an English-Arabic user-defined dictionary that is meant to be used by translators and technical writers in order to establish and retain a consistency in the terms used.

Changes since 1.3:

  • An Arabic virtual keyboard was added (javascript)
  • Charity note added to license file

Mar 26, 2002: Akka ver. 1.0 Released
The Arabeyes Project is proud to announce the first full release of Akka. Akka is a tool for Arabizing the Linux console, by allowing you to read and write in Arabic under your text console using any application without having to make any changes to that software.

Features:

  • Bidirectional support (intermixing Latin and Arabic)
  • Perl configuration and extensibility
  • Squared Arabic (an excellent way to display Arabic as disconnected characters)

Feb 12, 2002: Arabeyes and Haydar Net Cooperation
Haydar Net and Arabeyes would like to announce the beginning of a new era of cooperation. HaydarLinux put the source code of the Haydar WindowManager (hwm) and HNotepad on the Arabeyes CVS to provide transparent development, as well as involve developers who are interested in working on them. This is the start of a larger import of source code as more is coming on the way.

"Haydar Net is a web hosting and programming company, which has always supported Linux and used it as their standard operating system. This made Haydar Net able to analyze all the needs of the personal and professional Linux users and decided to make its own Linux distribution. HaydarLinux is aimed to be the first Arabic Linux distribution that has the full arabic support, by supporting Arabic in both localized and enabled faces. Haydar Linux will give all Arabs the best way to enter the Linux world with ease and stability."


Jan 25, 2002: Open Doors for Donations

The Arabeyes Project would like to officially announce that we are opening the doors for donations. You can donate money to the Arabeyes Project through PayPal here.

We are going to match your donations up to $200, for the next week, starting Monday 28, 2002. All donations will strictly go toward the project and NOT individuals. This is clearly outlined in our manifesto.


Jan 20, 2002: Arabeyes in The Press

The ACN (Arabian Computer News) has published an article on Arabeyes on their January 2002 issue. Here is a scanned image of the article, which you can read.

We would like to thank the ACN people for making this possible, as well as the Arabeyes members who have made this project a reality. It is truly the collective effort of every member of the Arabeyes project that makes it a successful one.

Note: The core members of Arabeyes are 4 (four) and not 20 as the article says. They are Isam Bayazidi, Mohammed Elzubeir, Chahine Hamila and Nadim Shaikli.


Jan 10, 2002: QaMoose ver. 1.3 Released

Arabeyes would like to announce the release of QaMoose version 1.3

QaMoose is an English-Arabic user-defined dictionary that is meant to be used by translators and technical writers in order to establish and retain a consistency in the terms used.

Changes since 1.2:

  • UTF-8 input checks are now made on form and upload inputs
  • SuperAdmin now gets email notification upon user applications
  • MassResolve option added (single click action for all pending terms)

Jan 05, 2002: Arabeyes Begins Gnome Translation

The Arabeyes Project is proud to announce the start of the Gnome desktop GUI translation. This move has been made after reaching a milestone on the KDE translation.

The Gnome-i18n Status page is available to check on the updates and news relating the translation progress.

If you would like to join the translation team, please join the Doc mailing-list.


Dec 31, 2001: VIM with Arabic Support Ready

The Arabeyes Project is proud to announce that VIM (the text editor) is ready for use. In the words of Nadim, "VIM and Arabic are VERY usable - go for it!"

Nadim notes that what's left for Arabic in VIM is:

  • Addition of complex character handling
  • Addition of Bidi
  • Incorporation of Arabeyes VIM patches into the VIM main trunk

Check the VIM Status page for more details.


Dec 29, 2001: IRC.social Thank Yous!

Arabeyes would sincerely like to thank all the people who came and visited us at Arabeyes' IRC.Social on Fri Dec 28 - we would like to thank them for their support, their time spent with us and for making the event a success. We charished the much needed feedback that we've got as well as the new wave of volunteers -- expect more, lots more to come :-)

Thanks to (in no particular order) :

d94-jdd, osama, sowaileh, zina, hicham, mdk, ahmad, waseem, KSA2, InfraRed, mhdyousif, menil, lilo, kissa, ychaddad, haydar, OUUO, maxwell, etc, etc

(You know who you are :-) ..)

Thanks again and we look forward to your continued support, help and commitment.


Dec 24, 2001: Second Arabeyes IRC Get-Together

Arabeyes would like to announce its second IRC get-together to be held on Friday Dec 28, 2001.

Serverirc.openprojects.net
Channel#arabeyes
DateFriday - Dec 28, 2001
Duration12-hours
Time 6:00pm - 6:00amUAE(UTC+0400)
4:00pm - 4:00amEgypt/Jordan(UTC+0200)
2:00pm - 2:00amGMT(UTC)
10:00am - 10:00pmEastern-US(UTC-0400)
9:00am - 9:00pmCentral-US(UTC-0500)
7:00am - 7:00pmPacific-US(UTC-0700)
To figure YOUR appropriate time visit World Time Server.

As this party will span 12-hours (due to the various time-zones), feel free to participate for as LONG as you can.

We will be taking your suggestions, feedback, and answering any questions you may have. So don't hesitate to come by ;)


Dec 20, 2001: Gnats Bug Tracking System Deployed

We have deployed Gnats as our bug tracking system. It is a way by which users can submit problem reports to Arabeyes. It is also a way for the Arabeyes team to keep track of problems and their solutions.

Please visit Arabugs to report problems/bugs regarding Arabeyes projects.You can also query the status of certain bugs by keeping an eye on it.

A link was also created on the right-side 'Quick Links' menu, to make it easy to get to it. Please make use of it!


Dec 04, 2001: Yudit-2.5beta8 with Arabic Support

The Yudit Unicode text editor has come very close to having full Arabic support. This is great news for those wanting to use Linux to edit and create documents in Arabic.

Gasper Sinai has been very responsive and cooperative when contacted about his editor. He has made Yudit-2.5beta8 available, which fixes most of the shaping bugs. Please test and support him by giving him feedback.

Note: Yudit uses embedded characters to determine the direction of the text, which makes it unsuitable for translation. KBabel is the preferred KDE translation tool. If not, use VIM with Arabic support enabled.


Nov 13, 2001: QaMoose ver. 1.2 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the release of QaMoose version 1.2

QaMoose is an English-Arabic user-defined dictionary that is meant to be used by translators and technical writers in order to establish and retain a consistency in the terms used.

Changes since 1.1:

  • Added the ability for admins/approvers to upload new terms in bulk

Nov 01, 2001: QaMoose ver. 1.1 Released
Arabeyes would like to announce the release of QaMoose version 1.1

QaMoose is an English-Arabic user-defined dictionary that is meant to be used by translators and technical writers in order to establish and retain a consistency in the terms used.

Changes since 1.0:

  • Improved security (NULL logins, empty action, etc)
  • Added ability for SuperAdmin to modify rejection email
  • Added global $debug variable for self-explanatory reasons
  • Added visual package name and version on main and admin pages
  • Made those visual package names links to QaMoose's homepage

Oct 24, 2001: IRC Release Party Info
Arabeyes would like to announce its first IRC Release party (for QaMoose and the upcoming surprise :-) to be held on Friday Oct 26, 2001.
Serverirc.openprojects.net
Channel#arabeyes
DateFriday - Oct 26, 2001
Duration12-hours
Time 6:00pm - 6:00am UAE (UTC+0400)
4:00pm - 4:00am Egypt/Jordan (UTC+0200)
2:00pm - 2:00am GMT (UTC)
10:00am - 10:00pm Eastern-US (UTC-0400)
9:00am - 9:00pm Central-US (UTC-0500)
7:00am - 7:00pm Pacific-US (UTC-0700)
To figure YOUR appropriate time vist http://www.worldtimeserver.com/.

As this party will span 12-hours (due to the various time-zones), feel free to participate for as LONG as you can.

We look forward to seeing ALL of you there 8-)


Oct 22, 2001: QaMoose ver. 1.0 Released
The Arabeyes team is proud to announce its first public package - QaMoose version 1.0. QaMoose is an English-Arabic user-defined dictionary to be used by Arabeyes' translation/documentation volunteers in order to establish and retain consistency in the terms used.

Please help us celebrate this occasion by submitting your computer terms to QaMoose at your earliest convenience.

NOTE: This announcement will soon be followed by yet another in a day or two, it's a surprise :-). We are thus planning to celebrate these momentous occasions by having an all day IRC Party this upcoming Friday (Oct 26, 2001) - stay tuned. WE'LL BE EXPECTING ALL OF YOU !


Sep 30, 2001: Linux Arabization Workshop site now online
The Linux Arabization Workshop (LAW 2001) now has a site you can go to. http://linux.4nit.com/ has pictures and some of the papers which were presented at the workshop.

Sep 19, 2001: Linux-egypt.org Launches!
Hesham Bahram sent us an email about their site http://www.linux-egypt.org/. The site features both English and Arabic (but primarily Arabic content).

Sep 19, 2001: WinCVS HOWTO in Arabic
Isam Bayazidi has written a nice mini HOWTO for WinCVS in Arabic. WinCVS is a MS-Windows CVS client program that you can use to submit your work to the Arabeyes CVS repository. However, it is strongly adviced to use Unix-based cvs clients. The WinCVS HOWTO is a good starting point for those who do their translation work under MS-Windows.

Sep 13, 2001: Linux Arabization Workshop Happenings
Mohammed Eldosoky sent us a message about the results of the LAW 2001. Participants in the workshop decided to establish a web portal for Arabic Linux, featuring news about Arabization efforts, forums and a code repository. Although that seems to describe Arabeyes.org, we are not sure as to what that involves yet.

Dr. Ahmad Sharaf Eldin (Helwan University-Computer and Informatics College, Egypt) was assigned the task of developing a unified Arabization dictionary.

Cairo University will be in charge of organizing the next workshop, and will determine the dates.

Among the topic discussed were:

  • Ayman Hindam - Multi-Layer Arabization for Linux
  • Anas Tawileh -
    • Arabic language specials, and how to handle them when Arabizing Linux
    • The necessity to unify the standards and terms of Arabizing Linux, and founding a community to organize and implement those standards [about Arabeyes.org]
    • Unicode as a solution to Linux Arabization problems
  • Dr. Ashraf Salem - A native X-Windows based Arabic toolkit
  • Dr. Ahmad Sharaf Eldin - Linux Localization
  • Saudi Linux User Group - delievered a variety of presentations of their utilities (e.g. AlKatib) and their efforts in spreading Linux with educational and governmental institutes
  • Dr. Saleh Elshahaby and Ramy Hassan - NINJA (Ninja Is Not Just Arabization), a project for providing multi-lingual support to Linux
  • Dr. Ahmed Alolaimi - the MENA company and their Linux support in the region
  • Shehab Eldin Rabie - Reviewed their efforts in Arabization, Helwan University

Sep 05, 2001: Arabeyes Takes on VIM
The Arabeyes team has decided to embark on a project to bring full Arabic support under VIM. If you are interested in contributing to the project, please read this archived message. Join the Developer mailing list to post questions and communicate with other developers.

The VIM Status page will also keep you updated of the project development.


Aug 22, 2001: KDE Translation

Arabeyes is now the official i18n-Arabic team for the KDE project ( http://i18n.kde.org/teams/). Our team will hopefully contribute to the KDE project to ensure full Arabic support by the KDE 3 release (and maybe before then). If you would like to join our translation team, please join the Doc Mailing List.


Aug 15, 2001: Submitted Papers
The following paper has been submitted to the Linux Arabization Workshop: The paper can be found in PDF format ( Arabeyes Project.

Special thanks to Nadim Shaikli for proof-reading, correcting, commenting, adding, removing, and really being patient in the process of finishing up the Arabeyes Project paper.


Aug 10, 2001: Saudi LUG Announces Linux Arabization Workshop
Saudi Computer Society is pleased to invite you all to the First Linux Arabization Workshop (LAW 2001) to be held in Egypt, Cairo on September 2nd and 3rd. For more information, please visit:

Jul 30, 2001: Project Name Change (Aunyx to Arabeyes)
Our project has changed its name from Aunyx to Arabeyes in the hope that it will be a catchy and easy name to remember (among other reasons - read the general list archives.)

Web designers are welcome to submit possible banners and logos. If your artwork is selected, it will be one of several banners we will randomly display. Send your contributions to contribute (at) arabeyes dot org for review.


Jul 19, 2001: Arabeyes Public Mailing-List

A long overdue mailing list is finally here! If you are interested in Arabeyes, and would like to know what we are doing, talking about, or planning to do - then subscribing to the General mailing list would probably help a lot.

The list will be archived, and will probably be a good reference point for discussions on Unix/Linux Arabization in general. Please note that we intend to keep our lists professional and clean. So, let us keep it that way.

There is also a link provided under the Contact page.


Jul 12, 2001: WebCVS for Arabeyes

I have finally gotten around to putting a web interface to our CVS repository. Feel free to explore the Arabeyes CVS.This would probably have not happened if it wasn't for the nagging of Nadim Shaikli!

 


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