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ZDNet UK: Welsh Spurn Windows to Create Own Linux

Jun 25, 2003, 20:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

"Countries such as China, Iceland and Estonia are already creating localised versions of the Linux operating system and its applications, and now it is the turn of Wales.

"Wales-based programmer Kevin Donnelly is taking advantage of the fact that anyone is allowed to modify and redistribute Linux to do the work of localisation himself, with the help of any interested Welsh speakers. He is soliciting translations of key files from the general public through a new Web site, kyfieithu.co.uk, and using the results to create Welsh-language versions of the open-source KDE and Gnome user interfaces.

"'If I wanted to get a Welsh version of Windows, it would mean a lot of lobbying and probably spending a lot of money to get it done,' Donnelly said. 'With free software it cuts through all that..."

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