This is the archive for September 2008. Recent posts can be found at the main blog page.
And for those interested in the Epiphany web browser: the Epiphany 2.24 release notes can be found at the Epiphany blog.
Last week Reinout van Schouwen invited Vincent van Adrighem, Tino Meinen, and yours truly, all of Gnome-NL fame, over to his apartment for a Dutch vertaalspurt (translation sprint) to get the Dutch translations for Gnome 2.24 into shape. It has been a very succesful day. We bumped our stats from 86% to 91% by translating (and reviewing) roughly 2000 strings in one single afternoon and evening. That is really a lot. We’ve been updating many modules (37 in total): Bug Buddy, Cheese, Deskbar Applet, Ekiga, Empathy, Evince, Evolution, GDM, Gedit, Gnome Applets, Gnome Backgrounds, Gnome Build, Gnome Control Center, Gnome Games, Gnome Keyring, Gnome Media, Gnome Panel, Gnome Power Manager, Gnome Screensaver, Gnome Session, Gnome System Monitor, Gnome Terminal, Gnome Themes, Gnome Utils, GOK, GTK+, GTK properties, GVFS, Libgnomekbd, Nautilus, Seahorse, Seahorse Plugins, Sound Juicer, Tomboy, Totem, Vinagre, and Vino.
Gathering together in the same (physical) room allows for very direct communication, and reaching consensus and making decisions very quickly. We’ve done this before the Gnome 2.22 release (at my place) as well, and it worked out pretty well. It results in much higher productivity than you can ever reach when communicating via mailing lists and irc. Oh, and I should definitely mention the delicious dinner prepared by S. Thanks! (Side note for the veggie mafia on Planet Gnome: yes, it was a vegetarian meal…) Also kudos to Olav Vitters who turned up later that day for doing most of the dishes (I helped him a bit).
After the succesful translation sprint many more translations have been updated by the few of us. At the time of writing, we have translated about 94% of all strings in the Gnome 2.24 desktop release set. All of the untranslated strings are in Anjuta, Glade, Orca and the GWeather location listings, and those modules don’t have a high priority for us for various reasons (though we plan to get those up to date as well).
So, in short: the Dutch Gnome 2.24 desktop is in a very healthy shape!
I’ll end this article with a call for people. The Gnome-NL team is quite small, so if your Dutch language skills are well-developed (among other things, that means you don’t make d/t mistakes all the time and do not suffer from the English “los spel ziekte”) and you’re interested in helping out, feel free to drop by in our
#gnome-nl IRC channel on
irc.gnome.org. Of course you can also send a mail to the Gnome-NL mailing list.
Wouter Bolsterlee, also known as uws, a postmodern geek living in the Netherlands. Read more about me…
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