JAMBO OPENOFFICE: FIRST RELEASE of SWAHILI OPEN SOURCE DESK TOP

Computing

On 4th December 2004, The Open Swahili Localization Project, also known as Kilinux, announced the first ever release of a free office suite software in Swahili, called "Jambo OpenOffice."

Jambo OpenOffice is the Swahili version of OpenOffice.org, a leading international effort to provide a free and open source office suite based on open standards and capable of running on all major computer platforms

This pioneering effort is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania. It is coordinated by the Department of Computer Science (UDSM), Institute of Kiswahili Research (IKR) and the Swedish consultancy company IT+46. The project does not only aim to localize free and open source software into Swahili, but also to create awareness of the benefits of using and extending free software.