Tuxpaint Localisation

Screenshots of Tux paint Localization in Malayalam

Splash Screenshot

Splash Screenshot

Interface Screenshot

Interface Screenshot


Tux paint now has Indian Flowers

Students of VHSS Irimpinam Kochi have now become prestigious contributors to the Free Software movement. They have now captured the beauty of the Indian landscape, by photographing native flowers and developing stamps in the 2D drawing application Tux paint.

Tux Paint is a free software, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

Free Software gives us basic 4 freedoms to use,study, share, and modify and the students of Swathanthra Software Kootayma( First Free Software group based on a school in India) have imbibed the concept into their lives and have contributed their knowledge fuelling the importance and significance of the movement in the society.

Indeed it was quite an experience for the 6th and 7th standard students who edited the digital photographs using GIMP(Image editing tool) and then integrated the pictures into the tux paint application. They also recorded the names of the flowers in Malayalam in their own voices, and the malayalam text names of the stamps in the application. Teachers helped the students in photography and integration into the application.

Around 10-15 students and 5 teachers of the school will now become official contributors in the next release of tux paint, which will contain the latest Indian Flowers as stamps for the users as mentioned in the email send by Bill Kendrick , the founder and lead developer of tux paint. When a user selects a stamp tool in Tuxpaint and clicks on image of a flower , he can hear and see its name displayed in Malayalam.

VHSS Irimpanam has been popular in the Free Software community, for its initiatives in conducting two editions of the Swathanthra Software Sangamam, an event that mainly focusses on teaching students the various Free Software technologies.

According to the teachers Free softwares gave us freedom to reflect our culture through collaboration and sharing. The past two editions saw children learning Python programming, Blender , Inkscape and hardware basics.

Indeed the students are more happy for having contributed to the Free Software movement and being able to use their skills for the better of mankind, let us hope to see more schools follow suit. The stamps are available at http://vhssirimpanam.org/?p=329. Instructions for installation is also there.

The project is released under the creative commons attribution share alike license. The project was mailed to Bill Kendrick , the software developer from USA who started the Tuxpaint project in 2002. Bill extended his support to the project. The student-project is expected to be included in the next release of the official Tuxpaint version.

What Next – Vacation Localisation Project. ??

Yes the ball does not stop here, Bill Kendrick motivated the teachers to include Malayalam as an official language in the Tux paint application. After this the Graphical Frontend will sport a look containing Malaylam text.

The students are already geared up to take up this challenge and have set a deadline at the end of May to complete the work with the assistance
of teachers and Free Software Community.

Let us wish these hackers all the best for the future and hope that they become the true Ideal Free Software community of the Future.



VHSS Irimipanam in assosciation with Indian Libre User Group (formerly Indian Linux User Group), Kochi is proud to present the third edition (second consecutive year) of the Swathanthra Software Sangamam. This event brings together the Free Software community,teachers and students to engage all in 5 days of Knowledge sharing programmes(workshops, seminars). The focus of the five day program is the localisation of Tuxpaint, the 2D drawing application.

The students try their hand at attempting to translate the interface of the popular Free Software drawing program Tuxpaint to Malayalam. The students have decided to undertake this task after being Motivated and inspired from their previous successful attempt  at making stamps of indian flowers and fruits and integrating it into the application (images, text and voice). The changes were mailed to Bill Kendrick, the founder and lead developer of Tuxpaint in USA and it was he who suggested on localising Tuxpaint and giving it a Malayalam Interface. The contribution (stamps) of the students is expected to be included in the next official release of Tuxpaint.

Another significance of the Event is the fact that few topics covered during the classes, will be handled by children themselves. Students who have almost completed the vacation course at the Free Learning Institute, Palarivattom (www.freelearninginstitute.wordpress.com) will join the elders to handle topics they have learned themselves. Indeed Free Software will bring a dramatic change to build a self sustaining community.

The Introduction of Free Software in Schools has brought about a revolution that builds upon the social framework of Kerala a community of teachers and students who are able to think independently and devise solutions for the better of the society.

The event details are as follows:

  • Organizers

  • VHSS Irimpanam
  • Indian Libre User Group, Kochi
  • Objectives of the Program.

  • To teach the basics of Computing.
  • Make them understand the functioning of a machine through the command line interface.
  • Explain concepts of Programming through Turtle Art.
  • To enable students to contribute their knowledge to the Free Software application Tux Paint, Localization of Tux Paint Interface
  • To spread awareness on the importance of Free Software in Schools
  • Engage them in fun filled activities for learning.
  • To impart the values of Free Software into students, thereby making them capable to value their freedom and use it to study, share and collaborate.
  • Explain how their work can be put on the Internet.
  • The students will be made into groups of four and they will collaborate to develop programs and incorporate new ideas.
  • Date : 17 -22th May 2009
  • Venue : Vocational Higher Secondary School, Irimpanam, Kochi.
  • Audience: 5,6,7,8th students
  • Day one

  • 17/04/2010
  • Concepts of Programming and Machine Interaction through “Guido Van Robot” ( Guido van Robot, or GvR for short, is a programming language and free software application designed to introduce beginners to the fundamentals of programming )
  • Classes led by VIMAL JOSEPH
  • Day Two

  • 18/04/2010
  • Localization of Tux Paint
  • Classes led by VIMAL JOSEPH
  • Day Three

  • 19/04/2010
  • Machines and the concepts of computing
  • To teach them the basics of functioning of a Machine Command Line Interface
  • Introduce the command line as a frontend for using the Computer
  • Day Four

  • 20/04/2010
  • Typesetting using Latex.
  • Day Five

  • 21/04/2010
  • Editing Wikipedia
  • Update SSK and Irimpanam School Blog
  • Quiz Contest

  • Refresh the content studied in schools and workshop.
  • Learn new things related to Free Software
  • To initiate a sense of competition through collaboration and collaboration through competition.
  • What is SSK?

  • – Swathanthra Software Koottayma, VHSS Irimpinam
  • – Vision
    • To create a free thinking group which incorporates the core values of
    • Free Software who use it to make themselves equipped with the knowledge by utilizing their freedom for the better of the society through learning, sharing
    • and collaborating. The group will be a place were students, teachers
    • and other members of the society will engage in healthy discussions of curriculum, syllabus, technology etc..
  • Activities

  • Discuss on various Free Software technologies through presentations and demonstrations by students and teachers.
  • Screening of Movies that induce sense of social responsibility in students.
  • Collaborative studies during exams.
  • Discussing on improving matters at Schools, Environment and the Society through the use of technology.
  • Free Software Community Members will handle presentations and workshops for the group.
  • Participate in Free Software group meetings and gatherings.
  • Participate in Free Software and other Technology programs representing the school by demonstrating technologies used in the school and suitable for students.
  • Bring out quarterly Free Software based newsletters.
  • Generate ideas for simple applications for the school and society and develop them through collaboration with the community.
  • Contacts for Event

  • School Event Coordinators :
  • Sanal Kumar, Teacher (Malayalam) VHSS Irimpanam
  • Phone : 9496449969
  • Phone : 9995717112
  • Participants

  • Members of Free Software Community
    • Vimal Joseph
    • Sameer Mohamed Thahir
    • Faisal PP
    • Sooraj Kenoth
    • Jos Collin
  • Students of Free Learning Institute
  • Joseph Antony – IT@School Project
  • Media Persons