Computerworld: Language Limits Open Source's...
Mar 05, 2007, 21:00 (7 Talkback[s])
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"... appeal compared with proprietary software. When Microsoft
Corp. touted Vista in its worldwide release this year, it did so in
20 languages, says Mark Lancaster, CEO of SDL International PLC,
the Maidenhead, England, company that helped translate the
operating system's content. SDL also renders about 10 million words
per month into dozens of languages for Hewlett-Packard Co.
Open-source projects, on the other hand, are almost exclusively
developed, described and distributed globally in English. 'Does
that put [open source] at a disadvantage against big technology
companies? Yes,' says Lancaster..."