Re: [gnome-cy] Windows in Welsh, at public expense?


Ysgrifennodd Chris M. Jackson:

On Thu, 20 Nov 2003, Dewi Jones wrote:
Ysgrifennodd Kevin Donnelly:
During the meeting, Mr Uden noted that MS had now recognised that Welsh was an official language, and that as a result it intended to offer all OS versions, along with MS Office, in Welsh within two years.
Where as a completely Welsh (?) Linux desktop already exists in a commercially available distribution already - Mandrake 9.2 (?)

Not to mention the fact that AFAIK we have the core of KDE and GNOME available in Welsh, as well as Mozilla and OpenOffice. Within the two years, we'd be likely to face a Welsh Fedora, considerably more of GNOME and KDE translated, and (hopefully) OpenOffice to be even better than it is now (to the point of "actively" competing with MS Office - FUD permitting).

All of this, assuming that nobody puts together a specialist Linux distribution targeted at Wales in the meantime.
Might well happen if the O1 bid from Mercator from Aber to startup a venture around a completely Welsh OpenOffice (manuals, help an' all) and associated services is successful.

I guess within two years as well, our terminologies will be well accepted and standardised across all the applications and the leaders / innovators would have seen to have been the Welsh themselves and not Microsoft (not that they've ever been innovators)

I have no objection at all to a Welsh version of Windows - so much the better for Welsh.
Good for Welsh OSS also perhaps. When people hear that Microsoft are proposing Welsh versions of Windows and Office then it'll give the whole notion of Welsh language software added validity. I mean, it's a bit difficult to 'create the market' on our own.....

I agree. If you see something as insignificant, and then put vast efforts into denouncing it, you'll only give it credibility. Clearly MS seem to have difficulty in grasping this point :)

Anything that does give validity and credibility to markets for Welsh-language software AND free/OS software can be a very good thing.

But I do object to it being funded by someone other than MS, and I'm prepared to spend a fair bit of time raising some noise about this.

I think the gesture may have been seen to be more sincere were they willing to stump up the cash for it themselves. It's not as if they can't afford to do it 8)

There can't be that many languages out there that would make a serious dent in M$ cash pile if they were all supported by Windows and Office.

What might happen if the Assembly is clever (which I dount) they'll behave like the Norwegians did - use their Bokmal and Nynorsk OSS alternatives to threaten MS, who in the end paid for Nynorsk support themselves. (Nynorsk has 300,000 speakers - less than Welsh, but has a stronger more equal legal status in its own country)


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