Re: Translation Efforts
In reflecting on John's email, I fully agree. Just do to the few strong
comments that I have made to a few of my friends, 3 of them have begun to
consider Debian as a viable alternative to RH. One of my friends is a
Unix and Linux System Administrator and uses *exclusively* RH in his Linux
endeavors. Another friend is a WinNT admin and has been wanting to port
over to Linux as his main server for some time now. He has now found
himself debating on using Debian, as opposed to RH. Further, the other
friend is a hardware tech and uses RH... until now. I actually have him,
right now as we speak, installing Debian on his laptop to give it a whirl.
3 more 'converts', just from sharing one good experience!!!
And, I also agree that the website should take on a bit more "FLARE" -- it
makes the project look professional and 'fun', and exciting. It gives the
impression (even though it can be a false one at times) that whomever is
running the boat of a particular web page, knows their stuff, therefore
their product must be hot and snappy. While, I firmly believe that the
Debian team already produces this level of quality and technology, it
doesn't APPEAR so to the Debian-newbie.
BTW, I did get instructions on translating, and am currently trying to
help out in that arena. While I am slower than the others on the team,
I find a lot of fun in helping, and encourage all other Debian users to
share their talents, when possible, to further the project.
On Sat, 27 Mar 1999, John Lapeyre wrote:
> At the risk of making yet another proposal to increase the workload of
> others, I'd like to suggest a "What users have to say about us" section,
> prominently displayed, so that newcomers to the site can get it within ten
> or fifteen seconds before they get bored. It
> is somewhat out of sync with the solemn tone of the current web pages, but I
> think a little hype wouldn't hurt. Every PC magazine gives Red Hat the
> number one rating, probably just because it always looks best to support the
> perceived winner. There are plenty of examples like Brandon's message.
> *Brandon Gresham wrote:
> > Being, originally, a user of RedHat, I was very surprised when the new
> > version of Debian installed flawlessly on a laptop that I have (RH 5.2, 5.1
> > and 5.0 all locked up at random points during the installation and all while
> > trying to read the floppy drive).
> > I have to say, contrary to what PC Magazine has to say about it, Debian has
> > gone to the top of my list... 2 of my other computers now run it. Only my
> > main gateway still runs RH 5.2, and just because I haven't had the time to
> > deal with it.
> > Anyway, considering that Debian is pretty much a volunteer effort, I thought
> > I would inquire about whether the project is in need of translation help. I
> > can donate my efforts, if needed, to translate any materials into
> > Portuguese. I speak the language fluently (though lacking somewhat in the
> > technical terminologies, but I can pick it up) and lived in Brasil for a few
> > years. If the project needs this type of service, I would love to help.
> > ~Brandon Gresham
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