Dzongkha Linux is a version of the Linux operating system fully localized for Dzongkha (all menus etc. are in the Dzongkkha language) and it is available from, and supported by, the Department of Information Technology. If you want to have a fully localized version of Linux as your main operating system, obtain a copy Dzongkha Linux and installation instructions from the DIT.
The instructions below explain how to install Dzongkha on Ubuntu Linux, the most popular version of Linux for desktop use. Ubuntu Linux was designed to be easy to install and use and it also works well with Dzongkha.
Ubuntu Linux may be downloaded as a CD image from: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download. If you have a slow Internet connection, you may request a free CD from: https://shipit.ubuntu.com/.
Ubuntu Linux comes complete with OpenOffice, the Firefox web browser, and many other applications.
Ubuntu Linux may be installed on an existing Windows partition (on your your D:\ or C:\ drive) without re-partioning your hard disk; on an unused partion of the hard-disk alongside Windows; or as the only operating system on your computer.
The instructions below assume that you have already downlaoded and installed Ubuntu Linux on your computer.
“Enhanced Language Support”enable the check box next to
“Enabled for complex text layout (CTL).”Complex text layout is required to be able to work with Dzongkha fonts in OpenOffice.
“Default languages for documents”for “CTL” select "Dzongkha" and then click on the "OK" button.
From now on each font select dialog will ask you to define two fonts: one font for used for "western" text (i.e. English) and one font for complex text, "CTL" (i.e. Dzongkha).
To set the Default fonts for Dzongkha:
Basic Fonts (CTL).
Advanced…button in the Fonts & Colours section
OKbutton in this dialog box, and again in the Options dialog box.
If you prefer to use Dzongkha language rather thaan English language menus etc., install the Dzongkha Localization for Gnome and OpenOffice.