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task #6156: Submission of Afghan Calendar Project

Submitted by:  Alekozai <memala>
Submitted on:  Tue 28 Nov 2006 11:31:43 AM UTC  
Should Start On:  Tue 28 Nov 2006 12:00:00 AM UTC Should be Finished on:  Fri 08 Dec 2006 12:00:00 AM UTC
Category:  Project Approval Priority:  5 - Normal
Status:  Done Privacy:  Public
Percent Complete:  100% Assigned to:  Patrick Camus <tizzef>
Open/Closed:  Closed Effort:  0.00

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Sun 04 Mar 2007 07:11:01 PM UTC, comment #6: 

Hi Patrick,

> I think that you must provide a copy of the GNU GPL with the pdf calendar.

Thanks for approving my project. I will add the GNU GPL to the pdf calendar.


Alekozai <memala>
Thu 01 Mar 2007 09:56:15 AM UTC, comment #5: 

Hi Emal :)

I think the changes you suggest are OK. Additionnally, I think that you must provide a copy of the GNU GPL with the pdf calendar.

So, I have approved your project.  You will receive an automated e-mail containing detailed information about the approval.


Patrick Camus <tizzef>
Project MemberIn charge of this item.
Fri 23 Feb 2007 09:46:05 PM UTC, comment #4: 

Hi Patrick,

> I am not sure that the GNU FDL is the correct/better licence
> to release your project. ... So it will be more suitable to
> release it under the GNU GPL. So, do you think it is suitable
> and do you agree to change the licence type ?

Thanks for your hints. I agree to change the license type to GNU GPL. What should I change? Are the following changes to the project website and to the calendars (DIN A3 sheets) ok?

1. Calendars (DIN A3 sheets):
"Permission is granted to copy and distribute it under the terms of the GNU General Public License."

2. Website:
Afghan Calendar Project
Copyright (C) 2006 Alekozai.
The calendars are free software; you can redistribute them and/or modify
them under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This website and the calendars are distributed in the hope that they will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330,
Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

Best regards Emal

Alekozai <memala>
Thu 22 Feb 2007 03:08:53 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Hi Emal :)

I am not sure that the GNU FDL is the correct/better licence to release your project.

First, your calendar is generated by a PERL script, which is a software. So it will be more suitable to release it under the GNU GPL.

Second, your calendar include some pictures and some caracters sets which may be released under the GNU GPL.

So, do you think it is suitable and do you agree to change the licence type ??


Patrick Camus <tizzef>
Project MemberIn charge of this item.
Sun 18 Feb 2007 10:34:18 PM UTC, comment #2: 

thanks for evaluating my project proposal.

The aim of this project is to provide free available (GNU Free Documentation License) multilingual Afghan calendars, that are accessible on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality via free tools. The project has more the character of a free documentation project rather than a large software project. The calendar creating process is partly automated. I have send you by email the source code of the Perl script which creates the OpenOffice XML file.

You can find the current state of the project homepage at [1]. A beta version of the calendar for 2007/08 in the OpenOffice format is located at [2], in the PDF format at [3]. The display of the OpenOffice document may differ depending on the version of the fonts installed on your local computer. Because it is the first release the calendar and the website may still contain errors.

The images in the calendar and the project website were created by myself or are released under the GPL license. The fonts used in the OpenOffice document are released under the GPL license.

Regarding the copyright notice I have got the following two questions:

1. The calendar [3] consist of one A3 page. I added the following copyright notice and permission-to-copy statements at the page header:
"Permission is granted to copy and distribute it under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License."
Adding the entire GNU Free Documentation License (FDL) would consume to much space. Is this enough to release the calendar properly under the GNU FDL?

2. Can you check the copyright notice [4] on the project website ?

Comments and corrections are welcome.
Best regards,

1: http://alekozai.com/calendar
2a: http://alekozai.com/calendar/doc/afghanCalendar1386_A3std_historicalEvents_DA_EN_AF_GB.odg
2b: http://alekozai.com/calendar/doc/leftImage.png
2c: http://alekozai.com/calendar/doc/rightImage.png
3: http://alekozai.com/calendar/doc/afghanCalendar1386_A3std_historicalEvents_DA_EN_AF_GB.pdf
4: http://alekozai.com/calendar/#license

Alekozai <memala>
Thu 15 Feb 2007 03:37:04 PM UTC, comment #1: 


I'm evaluating the project you submitted for approval in Savannah.

Please forgive us for the long logn delay your are facing in the project apporval process.

Please include a (perhaps temporary) URL pointing to the source code. Alternatively, you can forward the code to me by email.

We wish to review your source code, even if it is not functional, to catch potential legal issues early.

For example, to release your program properly under the GNU GPL you must include a copyright notice and permission-to-copy statements at the beginning of every  copyrightable file, usually any file more than 10 lines long.  This is explained in http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-howto.html.  Our review would help catch potential omissions such as these.

Note that sending code to our repositories is a release, since the code will then be publicly available through anonymous access.


Patrick Camus <tizzef>
Project MemberIn charge of this item.
Tue 28 Nov 2006 11:31:43 AM UTC, original submission:  

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Registration Details

  • Name: Afghan Calendar Project
  • System Name:  afghancalendar
  • Type: non-GNU software &amp; documentation
  • License: GNU Free Documentation License



In Afghanistan three calendars are used parallel:  “Islamic sun calendar”, “Islamic lunar calendar”
 and the “Gregorian sun calendar”.
The official afghan calendar is the “Islamic sun calendar” (article 18 of the Afghan constitution [1], [2] p. 23). In Europe and America the calendar is based on the “Gregorian sun calendar”. In several Arabic countries only the “Islamic lunar calendar” is used. As far as I now Afghanistan is the only country which uses the “Islamic sun calendar”.  Iran has a similar calendar like Afghanistan but the leap days differ.  As far as I know there exists no free implementation of the afghan “Islamic sun calendar”. Only the UNDP [3] publishes a quite simple version of the afghan “Islamic sun calendar”.
The aim of my project is to create afghan “Islamic sun calendar” in several languages (like English, German, Persian and Pashto). Each Calendar will contain the afghan holidays and the holiday of a second country. E.g. the British version of the afghan calendar will contain beside the afghan holidays also the corresponding British holidays. For every month there will be a short list of historical events in Persian and a second language (for example in English).

The historical dates are verified against two of the following sources:
- several Wikepedia article
- encyclopedia Britannica
- Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan (ISBN: 081084852X) [4]

1: http://www.jemb.org/eng/Legal%20Framework/Legislation%20of%20Reference/Constitution/Constitution%20(English).pdf
2: http://www.evertype.com/standards/af/af-locales.pdf
3: http://www.aims.org.af/afg/1384_calendar.pdf
4: http://www.amazon.com/Historical-Dictionary-Afghanistan-Dictionaries-Oceania/dp/081084852X

Only the UNDP [3] publishes a quite simple version of the afghan “Islamic sun calendar”. This calendar is only localized for English and not into other languages like German. It also don't contains the holidays of the other countries (like US, Germany etc.). Several NGO which work in Afghanistan have problems with the conversion from Gregorian dates (expecially the holiday) to the correct afghan “Islamic sun calendar” date. This calendar would be helpful in such cases.

Till know I have hosted my open source projects on my personal Homepage [5] e.g. the “Afghan keymaps for Linux/ Unix” [6].  I plan to create several localized versions of the calendar for every year. Each will have a size of several Mb's. This will exceed the available web space and web traffic on  my personal homepage. therefore I would like to host the project on Savannah.\

[5] http://www.alekozai.com
[6] http://www.alekozai.com/en/afghanKeymaps.php

The calendar is till know in a early development state. A lot of time was used to find the proper open source fonts and libraries for the date conversion. At the moment there is no proper code available. It is planed to publish the first working version on February 2007 (the next afghan year 1386 will start at the 21. of march 2007). 

A simple Perl script will create dynamically the calendar with the localized holidays in the OpenOffice xml format.  The Calendar will then be exported to the PDF format with OpenOffice.
Several additional Open source fonts, libraries are used for creating the calendar:

- Arabic fonts: Khotat project

- Latin fonts: DejaVu project

- Conversion from Gregorien sun calendar to islamic lunar calendar is done by the ITL project

- Historical dates are stored in a sqlite database:

- localized holidays are created with the Perl module “Date::Calendar”

Other Software Required:

The calendar will be available in the PDF format, therefore it will depend on a PDF viewer like XPDF [7].
7: http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/

Alekozai <memala>


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