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Software testers needed

Published in ITWeb is looking for people who can assist with the beta testing of translated OpenOffice software. Director Dwayne Bailey says the organisation has translated OpenOffice, a word-processing program, into South African indigenous languages in the past year. The project was undertaken in phases, with the first translations done in Zulu, Sepedi and […]

Diary of an open source developer workshop

Published in Tectonic Independent journalist Frederick Noronha blogged his way through the Asia Source open source developer workshop held in India earlier this year. Now he has collected all his writings over the entire workshop and released them as a small book which offers a fascinating insight into the state of open source software, not […]

Jambo OpenOffice

Jambo, the first Swahili office suite, was released at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Jambo was translated by a multinational team including Swedish and Spanish programmers, as well as linguists from the University of Dar es Salaam. Swahili is spoken by approximately 55 million people worldwide, predominantly in East African […]

It’s no tower of Babel, it’s South Africa

Originally in AsiaSource blog reposted in FNsRamblings By Frederick Noronha Countries from the South, emerging from a number of problems, can seem like a Tower of Babel. But when it comes to coping with diversity, Dwayne Bailey’s story from South Africa makes the point nicely. Free/Libre and Open Source Software can indeed offer interesting solutions […]

Software translation tools go live

Published on Tectonic The last two days have seen the release of not just one but two online software translation portals. Yesterday announced their system Pootle and on the same day Ubuntu Linux announced its Rosetta. Both allow registered users to translate PO files for a range of open source software. Translate’s Dwayne Bailey […]

Free and African for Software Freedom Day

Published in ITWeb will launch open source software in three South African languages to mark Global Software Freedom Day on Saturday., a South African software translation project, has spent two years developing this software with the sponsorship of the Shuttleworth Foundation, the Department of Communications, CSIR, Obsidian Systems, Hewlett-Packard South Africa and St […]

Open source world gets an Afrikaans spellchecker

Published by Tectonic A free Afrikaans spell-checker was released last week by South African organisation Afrikaans is one of the most widely spoken languages South Africa. The spell-checker allows users to spell check emails and documents in Afrikaans. Over the past two years the project has been at the forefront of translating popular […]

Now you can Sesha i-Google and Google Uphendlo

Published in ITWeb has translated Google’s home page into Zulu and Xhosa as part of its ongoing campaign to translate Internet content and software into SA’s official languages. is a project of the Zuza Software Foundation – a section 21 company that focuses on open source software for upliftment and empowerment. Sponsorship from […]