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Ubuntu and the Power of Language

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| One of the three fundamental principles of the Ubuntu philosophy is the
| availability of software in a user’s native language, whatever that happens
| to be. While those of us who grew up speaking one of the world’s top 10
| languages might never give linguistic freedom a second thought, this is an
| area where Ubuntu clearly outperforms its proprietary competitors.


Ubuwiki for Africa offers a global solution

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| "A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn't have to
| ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain
| him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu
| does not mean that people should not address themselves. The question
| therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around
| you to be able to improve?” - Nelson Mandela.



Decathlon to translate multimedia tools

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| Speakers of Hindi and Tagalog will soon benefit from the work of a project
| called Decathlon which is translating multimedia software into these
| languages. Other languages from the Indian and Far Eastern subcontinent, such
| as Bengali, Nepali, Pashto, Burmese and Tetum, may also benefit from this
| venture.
| Organised by African localisation organisation Translate.org.za and funded by
| a grant from the Open Society Institute (OSI), the Decathlon project is
| focusing its translation energies on the VLC multimedia program.


Firefox translated into Ugandan language

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| A two-day translation marathon has resulted in a version of Mozilla's Firefox
| browser Firefox in Luganda, Uganda's most widely spoken language.
| The software will be made available by Makerere University's Faculty of
| Computing and Information Technology (CIT) with the aim of giving non-English
| speakers a browsing tool.

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