Nicholas Bodley wrote at 2004-12-14 01:22:41 (-0500)
> On Tue, 14 Dec 2004 04:52:26 +0000 (GMT), Andrew Dunbar
> <hippietrail@...> wrote:
> > Linux does have something like Uniscribe. It's called
> > Pango and it lives at
> > Sadly, it was quite a bit behind Uniscribe when I last
> > looked.
> > Andrew Dunbar.
> Thank you. I just had a look, and it apparently supports Indic languages
> better than the current Uniscribe; could be wrong about that. Some other
> things about it looked very nice. Page was last modified in year 2000;
> pity! Hope the developer is well and happy.
> Uniscribe and Pango, once they are complete*, must represent a great deal
> of work.
> *I'm just about sure that neither is.

The gtk-i18n-list is a good place to find out about recent Pango
developments. Version 1.8.0 was just released:

It should be noted that Pango is not the only such project on Linux:

(The QT code, whatever it is, seems to be more advanced than Pango in
some areas - it's supported Tibetan and Sinhala for some time, and
does better with multiple combining diacritics. This is just an
impressionistic judgement based on how well things seem to work on my
system, though.)