Today was the last conference day of GUADEC 2013 and I have to say that being involved in the conference organization and volunteering has been an amazing experience. I want to thank my fellow organizers, our volunteers and all the people who offered their help to make GUADEC in Brno happen. You were great!
This year’s program included a number of talks related to community outreach and documentation. On Thursday, Kat and Sindhu talked about how to get involved in community efforts such as the GNOME Docs. At the Newcomers Workshop organized by Marina and others, I had a chance to meet our newest member of the Czech localization team. Our team, just like pretty much any other, needs fresh blood, so I was more that happy to see so many newcomers attending GUADEC, including those who are also interested in other aspects of the project than just coding.
At the GNOME Foundation AGM on Friday, Sindhu gave an update on GNOME documentation and I talked about what GNOME Localization has been up to since the last GUADEC in A Coruna.
Kat gave a talk on documentation on the third day. Later that day, we had a lightning talk session and I talked a bit about Getting Started video tutorials that we introduced in GNOME 3.8. Today, Marta gave a presentation on the developer tutorial for GTK+, followed by Jeff Fortin who gave a talk on PiTiVi and showed us some really funny videos.
It’s probably needless to say that conferences like GUADEC are special in that you can finally meet in person other members of the teams that you are involved in. Seeing familiar and new faces is always nice.
During Q2 2012, the GNOME translation teams mainly focused on the GNOME 3.4.x minor releases. Some teams also started working on the next major release 3.6 due in September.
In April 2012, there were 1397 translation commits to git.gnome.org as per the GNOME Commit-Digest. In May 2012, there were 1138 translation commits, and in June 2012, there were 1203 translation commits.
Some other interesting stats on the l10n.gnome.org localization platform include:
131 registered teams,
177 registered languages and language variants,
353 registered software modules,
ca. 40700 UI strings for translation in the GNOME 3.4 release set,
ca. 23100 doc strings for translation in the GNOME 3.4 release set,
ca. 532000 UI strings for translation in all registered modules,
ca. 268300 doc strings for translation in all registered modules.
Note that these numbers are based on the current state (October) as there is no easy way to track the past quarter in our l10n platform.
During Q2, the gtranslator PO editor also saw some improvements in translation memory management, plural forms handling, etc.
As many people around the GNOME Translation Project know, we are in need of new developers who are willing to work on our translation platform Damned Lies to fix various bugs that we are fighting with, and hack on new features.
Around ten people attended the meeting, with a (not so) surprisingly strong presence of Galician translators. All in all, this was an excellent opportunity to meet other GNOME translators in person after we have been working together on the same translation project for several years.
Enough said, let’s have a look at some pictures now.
Pictures taken by Florian – thanks!
And big thanks to the GUADEC 2012 organizers who really did an excellent job! They surely set high standards for the GUADECs to follow. So, see you in Brno or Stuttgart next year! ;-)
During Q1 2012, GNOME translation teams worked on the GNOME 3.4 localization. The GNOME 3.4.0 stable release was delivered on March 28. According to the GNOME 3.4 Release Notes, GNOME 3.4.0 offers support for more than 50 languages with at least 80 percent of strings translated, including documentation for many languages.
When comparing the completeness of the GNOME 3.2 and 3.4 localization, the following translation teams, among others, achieved some impressive progress:
Khmer team increased the translation completeness by 23%.
Macedonian team increased the translation completeness by 21%.
Canadian English team increased the translation completeness by 13%.
In January 2012, there were 1139 translation commits to git.gnome.org as per the GNOME Commit-Digest. In February 2012, there were 1483 translation commits, and in March 2012, there were 3283 translation commits suggesting that many translators were finishing their work on GNOME 3.4 during the string freeze period, which started on March 5.
Some of the other interesting stats on the l10n.gnome.org localization platform include:
128 registered teams.
178 registered languages and language variants.
349 registered software modules.
ca. 41000 UI strings for translation in the GNOME 3.4 release set.
ca. 21904 doc strings for translation in the GNOME 3.4 release set.
ca. 500800 UI strings for translation in all registered modules.
ca. 253900 doc strings for translation in all registered modules.
The gtranslator team released several versions of the gtranslator translation editor during Q1 2012. The new versions introduce a number of feature enhancements, including support for non-UTF-8 files, more integration with the GNOME 3 platform, and better translation memory support.
Good news for those still using News (as in Newsgroups, Usenet, and Newsreaders): a new release of the GNOME/GTK+ newsreader Pan is out. Special thanks to Heinrich Müller for putting tremendous effort into making this possible.
The Pan 0.136: “Far too busy being delicious…” release introduces a plethora of bug fixes and improvements over the previous release, so everybody using older versions of Pan is encouraged to upgrade. Among the new features, you can find: attachments uploading, TLS (SSL) connections, PGP handling, and so on.
Totally forgot to post the report here, so doing it now.
During Q4 2011, GNOME language teams worked on translating GNOME apps and docs into tens of supported languages in the stable GNOME 3.2.x and the development GNOME 3.3.x branches.
Several GNOME language teams participated in the Google Code-in 2011 program. This program is for 13-17 year old high school students working on a number of tasks related to localization, documentation, development, and other areas of interest. The program ran from November 21, 2011 to January 16, 2012.
Two GNOME language teams took part in the 2011 GNOME Women Outreach Program, the Belarus team with Kasia Bondarava (kasia) as the intern and Ihar Hrachyshka as her mentor, and the Xhosa team with Andiswa Mvanyashe (andiswa) as the intern and Friedel Wolff as her mentor. The Outreach Program ran from September 16, 2011 to March 12, 2012.
For those of you attending this documentation event, the organizers have special arrangements with one of the hotels near both doc sprint venues to provide the attendees a discounted rate. See the Developer Conference wiki page for more details.
To be able to receive the discounted rate, please confirm your attendance by January 9, 2012 on the doc sprint wiki page.
Please also remember to fill in your arrival and depart dates, and, since the special rate is for double-bed rooms, your roommate.
This year, the GNOME Czech Translation Team officially participates in the Google Code-in program for pre-university students ages 13-18. I joined the GNOME mentors group and submitted four tasks so that students can help our team with updating GNOME 3.4 translations for gnome-system-monitor and seahorse’s UI, and brasero and file-roller’s documentation.
Great news is that one of the tasks has been already claimed by a student. But if you know anybody interested and suitable to participate in the program, or if you’re a Czech-speaking student yourself, don’t hesitate and claim your task today! Just keep in mind that all works stop on January 16, 2012.
From looking at the list of tasks submitted for the GNOME Project, it’s very pleasing to see that there are several GNOME translation teams also taking part in the program, besides other, perhaps more usual tasks oriented on coding, documentation, etc.
Big thanks goes to our Czech teammate André Klapper for providing me with some useful information and, above all, for coordinating the whole effort from the GNOME end.
And, obviously, big thanks to Google for organizing this program.