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posted 20 November 2005 06:16 PM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of the strengths of open source software is the ability to easily translate it into local languages that proprietary software vendors wouldn't see as profitable.

This is happening in South Africa with Open Office 2.0. It'll soon be available in all eleven South African languages :

After 75 000 translated words and many months of hard work, is scheduled to release 2.0.1 in all 11 official South African languages later this month. director, Dwayne Bailey, says that 20 people - academics, translators and reviewers - were involved in the translations, most of whom are language practitioners in their respective fields.

“Seventy days is the quickest time we can translate in, but if you have to check for consistency or common errors, it can probably take as long as six months to do translations,” says Bailey. “We don't want to be translating old products when new products come out, but luckily we were on time with the latest translations.”

Translations of Web browser Firefox and mail client Thunderbird are also due to be released later this month.

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