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Re: How many people need locales?

On Mon, 03 Sep 2001, Santiago Vila wrote:
> For the purposes of determining whether or not "most users need to
> change the /etc/locale.gen file" Ben and I need an estimate of the
> proportion of Debian users using locales among all Debian users.

That would be most non-english-speaking users, I suppose.

However, if I relate this to #111008 (is this the right bug?), the answer is
easier:  I'd say the bug reporter is right.  Debian patches to the sources
CANNOT be allowed to break the translations; send them upstream and use an
"en" locale in the meantime if the fixes are serious enough to warrant it.
Even if only 10% of our users needed proper i18n support, that would still
be enough reason not to break the gettext support like that IMHO.

> I think we can consider the volume or the number of subscribers of the
> debian-user mailing list, and compare it with the volume or the number
> of subscribers of all other language-specific debian-user-foo lists
> combined. Is there anybody who can do this count?

That will get you a result with a tendency to "less people need locales", I
think. But it is useful if it gives you a positive (i.e. enough people need
locales), in that case.

> Can you think of another way to estimate the proportion of users using
> locales?

Ask maintainers of non-english-speaking countries what they know about their
local use base. I can provide you with an answer for Brazil: we need it;
People will use Conectiva just because of the better translation as things
stand, let alone if the system looks like it will not support pt_BR
out-of-the-box properly.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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