Translation of the debian installer and the instalation guide

Gabor Kelemen kelemeng at
Mon Apr 5 19:47:39 BST 2010

Adi Roiban írta:
> Hi,
> As stated on the DebianInstaller wiki page [1] the Launchpad
> debian-installer translations are included in Ubuntu ONLY if they are
> first included upstream.
> This means that Ubuntu translations teams have to manually export the
> translations and contact the upstream debian team in order to have them
> included. 
 From that page:

"Updating them wholesale from Launchpad would put the maintainer in the 
position of having to decide which of Debian's translations or 
Launchpad's translations are better each time updated packages are 
merged from Debian (i.e. at the start of every release cycle, and often 
more frequently than that)."

I think there is no such question as "Is it better?". Well, actually 
there can be, but deciding it is not the developer's task, but QA's. So 
for simplicity, let's say that developers should trust our translations 
unconditionally (except for syntax errors). In return, we provide you 
with free (as in beer) translations, and don't ask questions like "Is 
Debian's or Ubuntu's installer better?" :P

Having the opportunity to correct the various upstream's errors is one 
of the most important reasons that I'm working on this particular 
distribution. Losing this ability may be acceptable for technical 
reasons, like in the case of software in Universe, man and help pages, 
or debconf templates. However, I don't think this is a good solution to 
address concerns about translation quality.

> In Launchpad, we have also the Installation guide translations [2] and I
> am not sure if they are used or we should send them upstream. Also I am
> not if that guide is in sync with the current Ubuntu changes.

The changelogs are full with this:

* Resynchronise with Debian. Remaining changes:
  - Build only English (for now, until we figure out how to avoid trashing
    translations quite so badly with Ubuntu branding etc.).

It seems that there is no point in translating it.

Gabor Kelemen

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