Beauty in Debian

While this is not really specific to Debian, but somehow it does contribute to it.

One of the reasons why I like Debian a lot is because of its package organization and availability. I take full leverage of the good work the Debian Developers have done packaging various dictionary packages in Debian.

While recently doing a re-installation (Don’t ask me why ;-\), searching back for the Debian dict packages, yielded in the following:

rrs@learner:~$ apt-cache search dict | grep dict

dict-freedict-hin-eng

This is something really nice in Debian. Searching through the large amount of packages is just plain easy. I wasn’t aware of this package at all.

Here’s what it turned out to be:

rrs@learner:~$ apt-cache show dict-freedict-hin-eng
Package: dict-freedict-hin-eng
Priority: optional
Section: text
Installed-Size: 2316
Maintainer: Kęstutis Biliūnas kebil@kaunas.init.lt
Architecture: all
Source: freedict
Version: 1.3-4
Provides: dictd-dictionary
Suggests: dict | opendict | kdict, dictd | serpento
Filename: pool/main/f/freedict/dict-freedict-hin-eng_1.3-4_all.deb
Size: 1473648
MD5sum: 1c698c7ef611d7c5cd878bb785b00ae8
SHA1: 697b9d904b990640ba98dd9499522f989570627e
SHA256: 64988f08b0b1bf0cc19d4cbefd0939ecc978ad79d7ce7d471ebdf7b22a82e213
Description: Dict package for Hindi-English Freedict dictionary
This is a package of the Hindi-English Freedict dictionary, formatted
for the dictionary server and client which uses the DICT Protocol.
Homepage: http://freedict.org/
Tag: culture::hindi, made-of::data:dictionary, role::app-data

Amazing! And the results :-\)

rrs@learner:~$ mydict limousine

From WordNet ® 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

limousine
n 1: large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur [syn:
{limousine}, {limo}]

From English-Hindi Freedict Dictionary [fd-eng-hin]:

limousine

1. लिमोजीन
“She called a limousine to go to the ball.”

And then back from Hindi->English

rrs@learner:~$ dict लिमोजीन
1 definition found

From English-Hindi Freedict Dictionary [reverse index] [fd-hin-eng]:

limousine

1. लिमोजीन
“She called a limousine to go to the ball.”

Sweet! :-\)