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linux kernel make menuconfig i18n

A few days ago, I post a message here talking about a new translation project, the basic idea was, using a wiki, translate the entire 'make menuconfig'. Fabricio Vaccari sent some e-mails talking about the idea and it was published in br-linux (brazilian portuguese linux news website). Better than that was the fact that acme saw the notice and became really interested. He wrote a patch to turn on the i18n capabilities in Kconfig and he also contacted Andrew Morton about the changes. I'm "pasting" acme's mail to kernel_ptBR, (our maillist to this effort) with very good news, Linus approved the idea and the patch of acme should be accepted in the main kernel tree.

Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 12:30:55 -0800 From: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org> Subject: Fw: Re: kconfig i8n To: Arnaldo Carvalho de Melo <acme@conectiva.com.br>

Go wild.

Begin forwarded message: Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 11:32:50 -0800 (PST) From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org> To: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org> Subject: Re: kconfig i8n

On Tue, 8 Mar 2005, Andrew Morton wrote: >> I'd hate for them to do all this work and fall afoul >> of your objections.

>> What's your take on the idea?

Hey, I htink i18n for in-kernel is crap, but for the user-level tools I don't care. And I can see how somebody would like to have configuration (which isn't exactly easily understandable, and has no issues with bug reports etc) in some other language. So I don't mind.


The patch wroted by acme introduces a very good feature and made possible the use of pot files, with this, translation should be easier and faster. I would like to take the opportunity to say thanks to acme and aristeu, they are good friends, good examples and, both of them, certified me as Apprentice. Thanks guys! :-)

I have to tell that I met Arnaldo (personally) just a few days ago and that I don't know him very well, but he is a very good guy, very good hacker/developer and that I hope in the future (in a near future) we can work together in other free software projects. :o)
8 Mar 2005 (updated 13 Mar 2005 at 21:47 UTC) »
Good/Bad News!

The last weeks are very busy. Considering this, doesn't matter if you receive a good or a bad notice, both of them will make thing run faster, in other words, Hurry up! . When it happens, I remember The Matrix (first movie), when they are working to get Neo out and Cypher says: "... buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, because Kansas, is going bye-bye". I would like to say "thank you" for lerdsuwa and Akira, both certified me as Apprentice.

Keep working to put mails in order, translate stuff for Debian, specially now that we are trying to organize our l10n effort. FLISOL is getting closer and we have lots of things to do. Until now we have 74 cities in 12 different countries, I will work on Curitiba .

I have to tell that I received a few "bad news" in the last days but I also received "good news" and if I stop to count, probably I get more "good" than "bad" news. Because of that I'm happy and trying to work hard. One of the special things that I heard in debian-l10n-portuguese about our volunteer work was sent by Fred Maranhao, this simple quote really open my eyes and I start to look to our volunteer job in a different way.

"We are volunteers, not amateurs!"

Another thing that is good to register is a new project started a few days ago, the idea is translate the kernel help messages from make menuconfig and there is a great chance that our idea is just the beginning, which means that we could have i18n for "make menuconfig". (Just "make menuconfig", if you think in printk() messages, stop right now, it is crazy!). acme creates a "pot file" and we are working on it, the idea has a good future.

GOD bless us all! :o)

Life is really amazing!!!

First of all: Happy 2005!

Long time since last post, more than two monthes and the problem is that I want to do a lot of things and then post a lot of very positive results here, but sometimes, it seems that we are in the middle of a great joke.

I finally get Debian Sarge (3.1) running on my machine which allow me to work with debian-zine, that is a Brazilian fanzine of Debian. I also find some time to start working with the structure of our l10n pt_BR team.

But I'm still working with Debian Women translation, in fact I'm a little bit delayed, but I'm pushing hard to finish as soon as I can.

Another task is FLISOL, an international Install Fest event, I'm the technical coordinator in Curitiba, PR, Brasil; and I'm trying to organize (and also motivate people) to do it in other cities of my state.

Today, I will stop here. Probably I'm starting to be more frequent here, trying to "keep" some logs about what I am doing.

Happy Birthday!

Today is my 22th Birthday Anniversary. Considering that Advogato is a kind of "Nerd Blog", I can't miss this day in my diary. [[ :o) ]] As my birthday is very close to Christmas and New Year, is easier to make a good review about last year and I can tell that I'm very happy with 2004, and I'm also expecting even more from 2005. :))

Ok! But what brings me here, besides my birthday, is the fact that I want to write (and register) a little bit about the 2004 Final Meeting of our Debian User Group, it was a great time, we have dinner at a Mexican Restaurant, between lots of "spicy food" we also discuss a lot about free software, specially Debian, and ideas to 2005. In a few days I will have some pictures and I can post it here.

I was very busy in the last two months!

On [4-5].December.2004, I went to a different Free Software event called OpenBeach; it happened in Florianópolis, the main city in Santa Catarina, a South Brazilian State

We had a great weekend, talk a lot about free software and saw some very good friends. You can check some pictures from the event here .

I also would like to say thank you to tiagovaz that certified me as Apprentice.

During this period I worked a little bit with translations/localizations and give some attention to the Debian User Group that I'm involved.

25 Nov 2004 (updated 14 Dec 2004 at 03:27 UTC) »

Still alive...

I'm very busy during the last three weeks, we had two Free Software events extremely close, Conisli was [05-06].nov.2004 and Latinoware was [08-12].nov.2004. I was in charge to organize and take care of Debian Booths (specially Brasilian Debian User Group) in both events.

I would like to thank everybody that helps me to take care, "advocate" Debian, explain a little bit about our philosophy and ideas, how our project is organized and maintained. We also sold some nice T-Shirts and our Debian-BR-CDD (Custom Debian Distribution) CDs.

I'm writing some papers about the Booths and try to add it in Debian Events. During this period I'm facing a great e-mail problem, I don't have a notebook, during the events all mail management was done in WebMail interfaces... that's ok!! I will take some time to "update" my mails (read and answer), some tasks are a little bit delayed.

This week I translate a few things to Debian Women Project on their wiki. I would like to thanks rillian, he certified me as Apprentice. :-)

Unfortunately I was unable to find good pictures to post here! :o( Have to try again!

3 Nov 2004 (updated 6 Nov 2004 at 01:07 UTC) »


Advogato is really interesting. I did my first post a few days ago and I was wondering how long will take until somebody certified me. Well... for my suprise fxn was the first :-) There are nice people in this World. I would like to "thanks" (also) surripui, he also certified me.

It is a very busy week!! Today I play PaintBall, it is a very good way to reduce stress. :-) After that, put mails in order. I have to find time to upgrade my Debian Woody to Debian Sarge and re-organize my Partitions' Strategy, because I'm without space...

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda6             4.0G  3.6G  416M  90% /
proc                     0     0     0   -  /proc
devpts                   0     0     0   -  /dev/pts
/dev/hda2             510M   15M  469M   3% /boot
/dev/hda5             5.0G  4.9G  157M  97% /home

Besides that, I'm working with documentation for new Free Software Projects related with our Debian User Group. As I said before, it is a busy week, I'm preparing for two Free Software Events in the next days, specially because both of them have a Debian "Booth". Considering this, lots of things stay "un-done", so... have to fight for more time!

Hello World! :o)

First post, first time using blogs! Well, in our lifes there is always (almost always) a first time. I found Advogato a long time ago but never "subscribed" myself. Today I was talking with a great friend (aristeu), and asked him about Advogato... he told me to register, as I was already interested I decided to try it out... why not? :-)

Today I did a few translations for Debian Women Project, anja is finnishing the setup of a new wiki and I'm "feeding" it with Portuguese Bra(s|z)ilian (pt_BR).

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