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Feb 17, 2004, 16:45 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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 mistakes...'"

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