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Call for openSUSE Translations

July 27th, 2007 by

There have been several requests from community members on the mailing lists to join language teams for the languages Brazilian Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. We have now decided to open up the translation process completely and not put any restrictions on it. Therefore I invite you to create language teams for those eight languages mentioned above, join one of the existing teams or start a new language team for a language we currently do not support. If you’re interested, please mail on the opensuse-translation mailing list which team you like to create – or join!

We currently have 55 languages – and I would like to thank everybody nvolved with these. It’s impressive to see those translations, specially for those languages where I would not directly expect that any openSUSE users! Thanks a lot!

Additionally I propose to have during the installation slide show a slide with the following content:

openSUSE Localization

The openSUSE project is a community project and many individuals are involved in bug fixing, packaging, testing, documentation and also localization. Localization for openSUSE specific software is done by different language teams and the localization portal is reachable under http://i18n.opensuse.org/ .

Each translation teams should then add a new sentence to this parargraphwith e.g. in German “Die deutsche Ãœbersetzung wurde durchgeführt von Karl Eichwalder und Andreas Jaeger ” (translated back to English: “The German translation has been done by Karl Eichwalder and Andreas Jaeger” – assuming Karl and myself did the work).

What do you think about this? Should we add this slide? Should we do it differently?

We’re a little bit late with this announcement – sorry about that. We will try to stretch every deadline to get localized packages into 10.3 and especially Karl Eichwalder and Stephan Kulow will help you to move this forward!

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5 Responses to “Call for openSUSE Translations”

  1. Thomas Seeger

    I find, that’s a good idea. When is the slideshow intergrated? During the Beta release?

    • Andreas Jaeger

      We’re integrating the new slide next week – and whenever a language team has translated it, it will show up in the slideshow. Therefore it will show up during the beta release.

  2. Beineri

    For quick questions also an #opensuse-translation channel exists on Freenode IRC network.

  3. swyear

    We have 55 languages,why can’t we have all 55 languages of “Welcome” in the first welcome screen.
    I think everybody will feel happy if someone greeting you in your language.