David Necas (Yeti) wrote:
On Sat, Sep 27, 2003 at 07:23:13PM +0100, Julien Olivier wrote:
>You're right ! But those problems are _nothing_ compared to the problems
>you face when you don't speak a single word of English and yet have to
>use English-only apps.
But then we are no longer talkig about developers and early
adopters. When one can't read README's in tarballs, one can
hardly fall into these categories.
Being an early adopter does not mean one's fluent in english. (Nor that
one is proficent technicaly for that matter)
Telsa is a great example at Gnome why someone that does not understand
why something is supposed to fail (like a technical person) makes a
The people who are going to use your system most are non-technical
persons that do not speak english well or at all, if only for
demographic reasons. Don't you see the wall you're running into if you
knowingly exclude them from most testing stage ?
I case you didn't notice, some of the biggest free software wins lately
were in regions that were dissatisfied with the piss-poor (or lack
altogether of) local translations of big proprietary solutions (because
big corps think like you do that english is good enough for everybody
and localizing a second thought).
Few non-english speakers will contribute code right. English is the de
facto computing ligua franca right now. But these populations can help a
lot with testing and should not be ignored.
(btw it says a lot RedHat never noticed how offensive anaconda's joke
about redneck could be to people who have to bear all day with