Re: kconfig .po files in kernel tree? [Was: Documentation/HOWTO translated into Japanese]

From: Denis Vlasenko
Date: Sun Jun 10 2007 - 19:59:22 EST

On Sunday 10 June 2007 20:58, Rene Herman wrote:
> All that stuff only serves to multiply the speed at which a fixed percentage
> of content obsoletes itself. When it's still new and shiny, sure, stuff will
> get translated but in no time at all it'll become a fragmented mess which
> nobody ever feels right about removing because that would be anti-social to
> all those poor non-english speaking kernel hackers out there.

I agree. i18n efforts won't help one iota because people just have
to know English in order to participate in l-k development.
They should be able to read _and_ reply_ to lkml posts,
and read and understnd code _and_ comments_.

Those who cannot participate in development because they don't
know English, won't get much help from some bits of semi-obsolete
Documentation/* being available. Ok, they will read it, then what?
How they are supposed to read the code? Write email? etc...

There is only one practical solution: learn the language.

It's not about *English* per se. It just happened so historically
that CS has originated in English speaking countries.

BTW, I learned it by reading sci-fi (Asimov's Foundation was the first thing),
and then lkml. :)
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