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CNET News.com: Sun helps Linux go global

Aug 30, 2000, 22:43 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems has released software to the open-source community that could make it easier to make Linux software usable in a myriad of languages."

"Sun this week released the internationalization software included in the X Windows graphics component of Linux and Unix. The software, based on code originally from the X Group (now X.org) was released under the X license. That's the same license that covered the software initially, Sun said."

"The software is a layer that makes it easier to write software onto which any number of languages can be grafted. A program written to use the layer can be more easily shifted so Japanese as well as French people can use a program. Currently, Linux software is typically rewritten for each new language."

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