Re: debian more international
At Mon, 24 Sep 2001 15:39:58 +0000,
Sulaiman Alhasawi <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hello debian developers . Im from Kuwait and arabic is my language . i
> have been searching in debian
> for arabic support [ fonts , docs , etc .... ] and found nothing . im
> interested in joining your community
> and possibly taking care some of arabic projects .
If you already have such things [fonts, docs, etc...] outside Debian,
I recommend you to develop Debian packages for them. For your packages
to be included in Debian distribution, you will have to be a registered
Debian developer. Please read http://www.debian.org/devel/join/ for
detail in joining Debian Project. Registration into Debian is a long
process which usually take months. Thus, you will be interested in
Sponsorship Program which is mentioned in the above webpage. When
developing Debian packages, please refer Developers' Corner
http://www.debian.org/devel/ and you will find some useful documents.
If you have to develop Arabic supports in upstream level (i.e.,
mere packaging is insufficient), I suggest you to contact with
the upstream developers of softwares. For example, you may want
to contact with developers of Rxvt and Xterm to ask Arab support.
Also, I recommend you to maintain Arab web pages, documents, and
other translations for Debian. Please refer
http://www.debian.org/international/ for detail.
> i have good
> experience in linux-unix and progaramming also . im just curious
> to know what do you think of it ?
Fantastic! Debian intends to be a united "world version" distribution,
unlike other distributions or OSes (for example, we buy Japanese version
of MS Windows). I am sure every Debian members will welcome the
addition of Arab support.
> i dont know any developer who
> can recommend me because i have not communicated with any one so far .
A problem. Becoming a member of Debian Project needs an "advocate"
and some personal identification. I think you can easily get your
advocate. To do so, please do your work and ask comments in this
mailing list (or some other appropreate ones). If a registered
developer admits your work as useful, he/she will be an advocate.
I think the most difficult step will be the Identification
http://www.debian.org/devel/join/nm-step2 . Please consult with
new-maintainer committee for this problem.
> also i havent seen
> a real arabic project maintained by a developer .
I think this is not a problem.
> i would like debian
> to become
> a better distro by covering more languages and becomes more
> international .
> any ideas ?
Join us! :-)
Tomohiro KUBOTA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Introduction to I18N" http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/intro-i18n/