CNET News: Se Habla Open Source
Feb 17, 2004, 16:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Becker)
[ Thanks to John
Heidingsfelder for this link. ]
"A small team of developers in Rwanda was just beginning work on
a project to produce a localized version of OpenOffice, an
open-source alternative to Microsoft's market-leading productivity
software, when they realized they had a problem.
"Kinyarwanda, the language spoken by most Rwandans, has no words
for many basic technical and computing terms, including the very
word 'computer,' explained Steve Murphy, organizer of the project.
After debating whether to borrow English or French terms or come up
with their own native word, the group settled on 'mudasobwa,' which
roughly translates to 'something or someone that does not make