August 1st, China Linux
Forum, the largest LUG in China launched a large-scale man-page
translation project: the Chinese Man Page Project (CMPP).
Man pages are the traditional UNIX-style on-line help system.
Due to their convenience and information richness, they're
essential to Linux lovers, users, especially programmers and
sysadmins. However, most members of the Chinese Linux community are
not good at English, and this becomes an obstacle for Chinese Linux
users to benefit from the power of Linux, improve their programming
skills, and contribute to the community.
Most prominent Linux distributions have a Chinese version, which
makes the man page translation possible, it also presents an urgent
need for the Chinese versions of man pages. However, the Linux man
pages are a huge document group, and to translate them into Chinese
requires essential man-power and technique support, which makes it
hard for any commercial company to do.
China Linux Forum, the largest non-commercial Linux community
site of China, launched the Chinese Man Page Project (CMPP) based
on the open spirit of Linux community. CMPP is backed by Chinese
Linux users, and some popular Linux companies support the project,
Also, China Linux Forum and "Chinese Computer" jointly launched
a project called "A Tour Around The World of Free Software" days
Background Information China Linux Forum started
on August, 1999. It's a non-commercial Linux community site, its
goal is to spread and push Linux knowledge around China, it also
acts as a hub for Linux users to share their experiences. Within
the past year, China Linux Forum has gained the support of many
Linux users, sites and companies, it now has 27,000 registered
users, offers 20 discussion groups and much more. It's quickly
becoming the largest on-line Linux Community.