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Why Make Free?

It’s obvious that one would love one’s own language.  In the case of Bangla, it’s not just true – it’s a proven fact. But the sacrifice that a nation made to the cause of establishing Bangla as a state language, which subsequently got the recognition as the International Mother Language day, could not assure the future of this language in the threat of widespread computer use. The people of the same nation, whose ancestors once laid their lives for the cause of the language, now tend to neglect this language for unknown reasons.  And, therefore, the language that would have established itself in the modern documentation media with all its glory and richness, has actually been struggling to exist in the threat of wide use of computer technology.  It’s unbelievable, but true that only 5 out 100 Bangla speaking computer users can write Bangla using this machine. (Read an article on this issue.)

The founder of BornoSoft along with many others has realized the fact that the wide inability to use Bangla on computers will some day extinguish the existence of this language in the written media as the use of computers becomes increasingly inevitable.  Unfortunately, however, Bangla-speaking people are perhaps least bothered with the situation. The view of the undertaker of this project is a little different from others.  Like the founder of BornoSoft, he too believes that every Bangla-speaking computer user should be able to write Bangla on these machines, and that’s the only way to combat the threatened future of this language in the modern electronic media.

It is, however, a thought-evoking matter why more than 95% of Bangla-speaking computer users are unable to use Bangla on computers, although the use of Bangla on this machine started more than two decades ago.  There are more than two dozen Bangla software floating in the market. Why, then, are people not using them?  Maybe Bangla-speaking people are reluctant to purchase any Bangla software. The reason behind such trends could be the failure to use a Bangla software that they had purchased with enthusiasm; they do not want to risk their money buying another Bangla software, no matter how good it may be.  But a number of free Bangla software are available too.  Yet why is Bangla not used on computers as expected of the speakers of this language?  The undertaker of this project did realize, as did the founder of BornoSoft, that the lack of an easy Bangla software might be solely blamed for this situation.

The undertaker of this project, after using the BornoSoft Accent (previous name: BornoSoft Bangla2000), believed that this software might be able to crush the current stasis in the use of Bangla on computers.  But how would it be possible to encourage the Bangla-speaking computer users to use this product?  He learned from the BornoSoft founder’s three years experience that Bangla speaking computer users, due to the long-standing unavailability of an effective Bangla software, have become used to life without it.  Nevertheless, the existence of innumerous numbers of Bangla software have put them in such a puzzled situation that they no longer have the enthusiasm to try yet another new one.  Moreover, a product like Bangla software, the users of which are still indifferent about it and the usability of which is still under doubt, would not inspire the users to purchase it.  However, if this product can be distributed free of cost, there may be a possibility that people would use it for its merits.  As such, the use of Bangla on computers might increase.

But BornoSoft, having the burden of its loan, cannot set it free for such a purpose.  The loan amount of BornoSoft is quite large.  It would not be possible for one person to pay that money.  And why would one do so?  Therefore the Digital Bangla Project was undertaken through which the fund will be raised.  The undertaker of this project believed that his effort would be shared with many Bangla-speaking people to prevent the dire future of Bangla in the modern written media.  But to learn the reality as to who came along to help him please read The Patrons.

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