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From: (Linux Intl)
Subject: Announce: Internationalization project
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Date: Sun, 22 May 1994 20:08:34 GMT
Approved: (Matt Welsh)

I am one of the fortunate many who are lucky enough to be able to state that 
English is my native language.  For me, using Linux is made a lot easier by 
being able to read in my native language a lot of the documentation that comes 
with Linux as well as the error messages and debugging info that is generated.

Alas for those users who do not speak English or do not speak it well, the 
picture is much much different.  While some languages do have partial support 
and have a few documents and man pages translated, there are many users who 
wish to have a more complete set of docs.  The luxury we enjoy in the English 
speaking world should also be shared with those who happen to speak another 

Linux International is keen to assist in the "internationalization" of Linux.  
We are keen to start working on support for other languages within Linux and 
to promote the support for various nationalities and customs.

The purpose of this announcement is to announce the opening of a mailing list 
which will be dedicated to coordinating the development of native language 
support within Linux - man pages, docs, kernel messages, libc locale support, 
the lot.  Everyone and anyone is welcome to join this mailing list.  We would 
also urge people to repost this message on local newsgroups to encourage 
others who may wish to help to join the mailing list and work together.

This has the potential to be a very big project and one that would benefit a 
number of users throughout the world.  Support for languages other than 
English will only help Linux spread even further and encourage others to use 
and recommend Linux.  With your help and participation we can make a start on 
this and see that all users have the opportunity to grow and love Linux just 
as we all do.

Hoping to see quite a few volunteers and participants on the mailing list.

Patrick D'Cruze
Linux International


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