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Mozilla Firefox in Tamil Now Available

By August 21, 2013

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Available in over 70 languages, Mozilla's Firefox web browser was already doing a pretty good job of supporting an international community. But for the nearly 80 million Tamil speakers around the globe, there was still something missing ... their language. That is, until now!

Tamil, predominantly spoken in South India and Northeast Sri Lanka, is, according to linguistic scholars, one of the oldest classical languages in the world. So while it might not come as a surprise that Tamil made its way into the official Firefox translations, what might shock you is that the work was done by just 10 people. All volunteers from the Tamil Nadu chapter of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the translation took nearly a year to finish and is now one of the most complete Firefox translations to date.

This effort is not only a testament to the popularity of the Firefox web browser, but it's also a fantastic example of what can be achieved within the free and open source software community. Plus, it's a great reminder that open source projects need many types of contributions ... not just source code!

To see what other languages Firefox is available in, be sure to visit the Download Firefox in Your Language page. And to learn other ways to customize and improve your browsing experience, don't miss How to Download, Install, and Unintall Firefox Extensions.

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