Saturday, July 24, 2004

Linux in Lingala

From the Liboke ya Kongo page, with extra links added:

Bino na Biso (BnB) presents the RULE-based "Liboke ya Congo" (LyC) on Fikin, the most important trade show in Kinshasa/DRC. "Liboke ya Congo" translates to something like "Box of Congo". This system is a Red Hat 9 based operating system, installed using "Slinky" from The RULE-Project, and therefore running on even outdated PCs with todays speed and the most up to date applications like Abiword 2, OpenOffice 1.1, the latest Acrobat Reader or Webbrowsers like Opera 7.5 and Firefox. "Liboke ya Congo" includes a set of Lingala-localized applications. Most of the work of translation and research has been done by BnB-staff in Kinshasa.

The "Liboke ya Congo" will help to bring IT-knowledge and better means of communication to many people in DRC and its neighbour-countries. Also it can be seen as an important step in building up a self-sustainable, localized IT-culture.

Contact person Kinshasa: Leon LUEMBA, libokeyacongo@yahoo.fr
Contact person Vienna: Ingo LANTSCHNER, ingo@vum.at

Further Information:

Bino na Biso, the Lingala expression for "You and We" is an intercultural, humanist cooperative based in Kinshasa/DRC.

Lingala (ISO-code ln) is a language spoken alongside the Congo River. It derives from Bobangi and has incooperated parts from Kikongo, Swahili and French. Today it is getting more and more important because of the many famous musicians from Kongo.

DRC is the abbreviation for "Democratic Republic of Congo", the former "Zaire"; ISO-code CD

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