Re: [gnome-cy] Linux and Welsh Windows

Ysgrifennodd Kevin Donnelly:

(I'm posting this to the new cy list, since that's where non-GNOME stuff should go now, but I'm also copying it to the gnome-cy list, just in case there are some on it who haven't signed up to the cy list yet - if you are also interested in non-GNOME translation stuff, sign up now ...)

The press release I sent out yesterday has been taken up by the Western Mail and the Daily Post (although I haven't seen the latter yet). The WM has about half a page given over to it, although the headline ("Microsoft logging on to Welsh") is a bit misleading, since the reporter has in fact put in a lot of good stuff about Linux. There are a few errors, but he's done a pretty amazing job, considering I only spoke to him for about half an hour, and this was probably the first time he'd heard much about Linux. I especially like the caption to the photo: "Microsoft is catching up with its smaller rival, the Linux operating system used by Welsh-speakers such as the Donnelly family". This "catch-up" point also comes up in a couple of other places, eg when he makes the points about Nynorsk and Catalan.

I tried in the interview to emphasise the community nature of Linux, and he has put a good bit of that in (though he has missed out Owain's name, which I gave as an example, and I hope my memory served me right when I said you were in Reading, Owain :-), but he was also very focussed on the "human interest" side, hence the photo and the info about Steffan. There was also what seems to be a standard request for a few examples of Welsh computerese. There is one surprisingly limp quote from MS, and a small box with the WLB announcement. Interestingly, the box says that MS and the WLB have been planning the Welsh version since September 2003. That would be after the OOo demo at the Eisteddfod, and the Golwg article ..... hmmm.

This is a much better article than the Golwg one, but it makes me wonder if we shouldn't be trying to push the "human interest" angle a bit more if we want to get column inches. For instance, people outside Wales but still with a commitment to helping the language (Owain, Dafydd, others?). Or David Chan, in Birmingham and with a name suggesting ancestry from farther away than Pwllheli, helping to create Welsh software. Or a school class using Scribus for their class project. Or one of the Cardiff schools finding some benefit to using Linux on their servers. There must by now be a few good angles we can try.

I know most people here are probably more interested in the "how", but there's no point in a great how if there's no "when" (ie people using the how). So we need a few good "whats", and we need to make a serious push on this over the next 6 months, before the Windows thing appears. If anyone is interested in this "public relations/marketing" aspect, PLEASE let's try and get something going on a formal basis.

Llongyfarchiadau Kevin.... :-)

Nid yn unig llun bach del iawn ohonnot ti a dy deulu ond mwy o ofod na Bwrdd yr Iaith a Microsoft!

Mae hyn yn dangos fod gan y cyfryngau ddiddordeb, yn enwedig os oes na 'ddiddordeb personnol' a hyd yn oed gystadleuaeth neu ddrama. Bydd mwy o hwnnw yn y man...

Mae'n siwr y bydd cyfleodd i ddatblygu straeon newydd -e.e mae Personal Computer World newydd rhoi eu bathodyn gorau i Mandrake 9.2 a bydd modd ysgrifennu at y wasg Gymraeg yn ogystal �CW i son am hyn. (sori Kevin, daeth SUSE yn ail da iawn :-)) Bydd Mozilla 1.6 allan cyn bo hir ac mae'n dechrau dod yn amser paratoi ar gyfer rown y gwanwyn o ddosbarthiadau Linux (MDK 10beta allan ddoe)

Beth am i ni gyfarfod a gweithio allan strategaeth a chael paned gyda'n gilydd - amser cinio dydd Iau ym Mangor?


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