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May 28, 2004, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Today marks the official launch of a new open source project. Utkarsh is an operating system based on Linux and localized in the Gujarati language, spoken by more than 5.5 million in India's Gujarat state and worldwide. Utkarsh (which means progress or rising high) version 0.1 is now in beta testing, and the team is bubbling with ideas for future growth. Recently Mayank Sharma spoke with the young Gujarati entrepreneur behind the project, Nirav Mehta.

"Mayank Sharma: Why Gujarati?

"Nirav Mehta: Gujarati is my mother tongue. I was inspired by the launch of the IndLinux Hindi interface in February 2003. That was the time when I decided to bring Gujarati to computing. A team of seven engineering students joined me in the expedition to provide the benefits of IT to our community..."

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