Fwd: Aiksaurus

Chris Leonard cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com
Mon Jul 30 10:50:20 EDT 2012

I was looking into the status of some packages in the 21018o2-1.75 packages.txt:



This is apparently an English-only thesaurus that had been abandonware
for some time.  See comments below from an Abiword/Enchant developer
and former co-admin on Aiksaurus (dating to 14th May, 2003).

I believe this costs about 1MB of space (word lists mostly it seems)
and my question is whether this is being included thoughtfully or
based on some alleged AbiWord dependency or something.  Even an
English-only thesaurus has some value if English is a language of
instruction or studied as a second language, but one must wonder if
alternatives with better i18n/L10n might not be available.

Just for your consideration.

Sugar Labs Translation Team Coordinator

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dominic Lachowicz <domlachowicz at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: Aiksaurus
To: Chris Leonard <cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com>

Hi Chris,

I'm not sure that anyone has touched that code in roughly a decade.
The code did used to be maintained @ AbiSource, but probably Hub or
Marc removed it. The latest released source code is @

It's been quite some time since I've touched it. It's possible that
without too much effort we could make AikSaurus work with languages
other than English, but you'd probably need to do as much archaeology
as development to make that happen.


On Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM, Chris Leonard
<cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Dom,
> What can you tell me about the current status of aiksaurus?
> The Aiksaurus page says the source code is maintained in
> http://svn.abisource.com/
> but I can't seem to find it.  Is it there someplace?
> Is there a documented method for extending the words.dat and
> meanings.dat beyond English into other languages?
> Any information you can give me would be most welcome.
> Regards,
> cjl
> Sugar Labs Translation Team Coordinator

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