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November 30th, 2006, 08:17 AM
The New Anatolian-The Diyarbakir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office yesterday launched an investigation into Sur Mayor Abdullah Demirbas who commissioned a Kurdish language version of a widely used computer program.

First launched some time ago and covered by media, the software is a Kurdish version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. The program's name comes from the Zulu and Xhosa concept of ubuntu, which means "humanity towards others." This first Linux-based Kurdish software was presented in English by American software specialist Rainer Heider at a ceremony organized by the Sur Municipality, with Heider's explanations translated into Kurdish. It was stated at the ceremony that all correspondence could be done in Kurdish.

Delivering a speech at the ceremony, Mayor Demirbas described multilingualism as a treasure.

Advocating autonomous municipal services in every language, including Kurdish, Demirbas faced one to three years in prison for a speech he delivered earlier in the year in Vienna, Austria.