How should ubiquity-slideshow behave when a translation is not available? (For non-English users especially)

Aron Xu happyaron.xu at
Sun Dec 20 07:50:25 GMT 2009


I think displaying English is better, and you may remember about bug
476269, which makes Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and English variant
translations aren't shown during Karmic installation, users are
looking at English text during installation.
Having no translations is a damning thing, but nothing shown is even
worse I think.

Aron Xu

On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 5:12 AM, Dylan McCall <dylanmccall at> wrote:
> Hi,
> This is about the slideshow that plays when installing Ubuntu from the
> desktop live CD.
> I realized that it would be absolutely trivial to fall back to something
> simple (or just not deal with the slideshow at all!) in the event that a
> slideshow for the current locale is not available, where currently it
> always falls back to the English slideshow (or, if we haven't remembered
> to prune unfinished translations, a mixture of English and the selected
> language).
> My immediate assumption is that this is a good idea; it's pretty ugly
> and disheartening to see a presentation in a foreign language while
> installing an operating system that should be (and usually is!) in one's
> native language. On the other hand, lots of people do speak English
> anyway, etc...
> For me personally, this is uncharted territory. I don't know much about
> the psychology of installing software that defaults to a language other
> than my own, since I have never experienced that, so I thought it would
> be best to ask around. What are your thoughts? Would you rather see a
> slideshow in English, contrary to the other stuff, or nothing at all?
> (Of course, for most languages this needn't be a concern since the
> translation community is amazing, but just pretend you speak Klingon for
> a few minutes).
> Qapla' !
> Dylan McCall
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