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For a quick installation, download the tamil fonts from the link suggested by jdkaye, then extract the .tgz archive and copy the .ttf files in the directory ~/.fonts. Restart the browser and the trick is done. This is on a per-user basis.
Here's some notes from my log. Written for personal use so a bit rough but you may get some useful ideas. Sorry about the formatting (would be nice to be able to upload *.rtf or *.pdf here)
1.Using Synaptic, installed:
openoffice.org-l10n-ta-in <none> 1:2.4.1-1ubuntu2
scim-modules-table <none> 0.5.7-2ubuntu1
scim-tables-additional <none> 0.5.7-2ubuntu1
ttf-tamil-fonts <none> 1:0.5.0-0ubuntu1
3.Found new directory /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-tamil-fonts created and populated.
5.Copied C:\WINDOWS\Fonts\tamilfix.ttf and tamilnet.ttf to /usr/share/fonts/truetype/UPenn
6.Set their perms to root:root 644.
7.As user c, ran /usr/lib/openoffice/program/spadmin
Browsed to /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-tamil-fonts and UPenn in turn
Create soft links only: ticked
8.Prepared new font directories for X use:
cd /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ ttf-tamil-fonts and UPenn in turn
10.Test: viewed “/home/c/d/Tamil/Tamil for English Speakers.odt”. OK. Maybe only OOo is using Tamil fonts but that's all that's required now.