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SubjectRe: Kbuild update
On Sun, Jan 06, 2008 at 10:26:06PM +0800, WANG Cong wrote:
> >> It sort of stopped at one point due to missing integration in mainline.
> >> What I refer to is mostly the mconf.c bits, but I would also like to
> >> see what lkml says to a sample of .po files included in the kernel
> >> for a number of languages.
> >>
> >> One criteria to get a .po file integrated could be at least 10% of the
> >> strings translated or similar.
> Well, I think it's worthy. The translation effort will be valuable
> and much helpful for non-English-speaking peoples.
> >Besides the initial translation efforts a big problem would be to
> >also find people who will regularly update the translations for
> >many years.
> Yes, that's really a problem. But I think the updates won't be
> too frequent, only update for stable release is enough.

"only" is the wrong word in this context.

If someone would update the translations for one language every
3 months for the next years that would be great and disprove my

After all, updates every 3 months would beat the maintainance level of
at least three of our architectures...

And don't underestimate the amount of work required - even when talking
about requiring "only" 10% of the help texts translated that's a four
digit number of lines to translate.

> If we can make this to be an offical project for Linux kernel, I
> think it won't be a big problem.

We don't even manage to maintain the English language texts properly,
and I am therefore not overly optimistic that we'll have the
translations maintained properly for many years.

OTOH, if someone wouldn't just blindly translate the outdated English
texts but also review the English texts when translating this alone
might be worth it...

> Regards.
> Cong



"Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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