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Re: [K12OSN] Non - English language support?



i agree with Micha :-)

we enable Hebrew, English, Arabic and Russian languages in K12LTSP6 (fc6) by installing the right KDE-i18n-* packages (using yumex tool) and then enabling them with KDE's Control Panel.

you can open an application's UI in both Arabic and Hebrew (simultaneously!!!)

have no fear, gnu/linux OSes and most Open Source Software support multi-language UIs and content creation natively.

On 2/22/07, Micha Silver <micha arava co il> wrote:
Joseph Bishay wrote:

> Hello,
>
> How are you doing? I hope all is well.
>
> I've been asked to configure a machine (standalone installation of
> k12ltsp) to be able to read and write in arabic.  Now, when I google
> information on this, the pages that explain it are in arabic, which I
> cannot read!
I don't know about Arabic specifically, but on our server I've installed
hebrew support, and student's UI's are in hebrew. Many of the KDE apps
are translated, there's a pretty good set of hebrew fonts, and the bidi
(right to left) implementations, which used to drive us crazy, are now
pretty mature. The only non standard addition I did was to replace
Fedora's OpenOffice with the hebrew version built in Israel. The
original Fedora build *does have* a good hebrew interface, but a few
bugs were fixed by the Israeli team recently.
As to your question, to the best of my knowledge Arabic support in Linux
is at least as good as Hebrew, so a FC6 machine (or k12ltsp 6) should be
a very workable desktop replacement. Foreign language support need not
be a cause for hesitation in adopting OSS, not even our RTL languages.
It would help, of course if you had an Arabic speaker "on hand", so that
when you switch the interface language, you can see if it's working right!

Regards,
Micha
>
> While this isn't exactly ltsp related, it is important in the sense it
> is for one of the board members of the school where ltsp is
> implemented, and the reason it was installed for him was to show that
> it is a viable desktop replacement as well as good for the kids.  As
> the school plans on expanding in the future, being able to do things
> like support this language is crucial.
>
> All help is greatly appreciated.
>
> Thank you.
> Joseph
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