8 Mar 2006 roozbeh   » (Master)

Sharif Linux: The whole FarsiWeb team is smashing bugs left and right these days, to get us to a beta release of Sharif Linux, version 2, which will have a full Persian UI experience.

The interesting thing is that the general quality of the patches we create is getting higher each day, and the time to create the patch is getting lower with each bug. Not being able to rely on upstream developers (either Fedora or GNOME for either patches or reviews) actually makes us double check, do more peer reviews, and all that. I’m also looking forward to the day we are going to upstream all the bugs we have found.

Also, using the desktop in the RTL mode all the time, as I have been doing for more than a month now, really helps in finding and cleaning up the important bugs (vs the theoretical ones we've been pursuing previously). The bidi desktop is becoming a reality now, compared to a dream we once had.

It’s been more than six years since kind people like Pablo Saratxaga, Robert Brady, Erik van der Poel, Markus Kuhn, and Owen Taylor helped me enter the GNU/Linux internationalization and localization world. I feel this is getting somewhere after all.

OK, I’m getting over-romantic, but I can’t stop thinking of the people who are helping make this happen: Elnaz, my dear friend and wife who is taking care of both me and the company and is supporting me in all the hard steps, Yahya Tabesh who is our chairman now and has been a mentor and the main sponsor since we started the FarsiWeb project in early 1999, Behdad the once-apprentice who passed the master and has become an uber-hacker many envy, and the many special friend-colleagues, Hamed, Meelad, the two Behnams, Farzaneh, Hooman, Farzad, Alireza, and all the others who came and went. Thank you guys for helping me in realizing the dream. You rock.

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