"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