This is interesting. I've read in many places that one of the key attractions of Linux is the ability for countries to tailor it to local languages. It is especially useful in countries with large ethnic minorities that speak different languages.
There has been notable Linux localization successes in South Africa, Namibia, and Macedonia in recent months.
Is this a national effort or just confined to what appears to be a university? It must have been a lot of work for such a small team to get the beta version done. Any word on how it will get support in the future?