Apr 29 – 30, 2022
Youth Center Smart Lab
Europe/Rome timezone

Translating software in the garden of forking paths

Apr 29, 2022, 4:25 PM
Room 2

Room 2



Tuomas Hietala


The freedom to fork software projects and start new ones, even just for fun, is an essential feature of free and open source software. It can, however, present issues with regard to localisation. As code is upstream of translations, each fork of a software project is a fork of all its translations, as well. The fragmented nature of the Linux ecosystem makes it harder to have a consistent user experience in languages other than English, especially for smaller languages with fewer volunteer translators. On the other hand, the freedom of FOSS also affords possibilities. In this presentation I will reflect on what could be done to help keep the growing Linux app ecosystem well translated while working in the "garden of forking paths" of FOSS.

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