Translating free software

Last year I noticed that the translations for the free software packages and operating systems I use started to get more and more swenglish language in them, i.e. a mix of Swedish and English. I started to look for the reasons and noted that one of the most prolific and enthusiastic translators in Sweden had taken a break – maybe for good. This happened already in 2012, but as you all know, it takes a while before it’s noticed, due to packages drifting downstream, forking and other things. Also, the quality in some of the translations had started to get real bad. What to do? I’ve never cared for translating  before, as the translations were just there, and I’ve not been that much into the area (other than programming languages). However, my Swedish school teacher always told med ”You should write” so I guess I at least have (or had:) some natural fluency in writing.

 

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Anyway, I started with some small translations to help out, and  ended up as the coordinator for the Swedish Ubuntu translation team. It turned out to be FUN in a way I couldn’t imagine. I really thought it would be boring, but somehow, my brain likes the creative and the correctness of translating. So much, in fact, that I do it several hours a week. So far, I have done maybe 50-100 translations – I don’t know because I don’t have list – and will continue as long as I think it’s fun. It’s an never ending work, but the focus for me is mainly on Gnome and Ubuntu-related stuff.

It also feels good from an altruistic view, knowing that people use the translations daily. And actually it’s good to have on a CV.

To get going and help out, start with check out https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SwedishTranslation which, even if it’s directed at Ubuntu users, is general enough to get you going, and to help you get in touch with reviewers and so on. If you’re into languages and want to help out, please do – It’s fun, altruistic and good for your CV. A lot of projects, like Firefox, VLC, Chrome, Libreoffice, The Swedish word lists, and other programs are out there, waiting for your help. Oh, btw, you probably use these programs on your Mac and Windows computer too, so it’s really for the benefit of all.

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FSCONS 2013 summary

Here comes a  summary of FSCONS 2013, from my view. This was the third time around for me at the FSCONS meetup, and it’s always a cozy place to go. In fact , it’s one of the three meetups/festivals I try to go to every year (the other ones being Jfokus and the Norbergfestival. Interesting talks about democracy, tech , society ,FOSS and everything in-between. (And beer, with interesting people as optional;) is what FSCONS is about.. This year i feel that the gathering has taken a slightly different direction than earlier. First, it has changed place. It used to be at “IT-universitet”, but is now housed at “Humanisten”. Second, there (at least when I was here earlier) has always been a strong prescient from Free software Foundation in talks and booth, but this year not so much. And third, a bit more focus on different society issues than technical details.

This years ”tracks” were

  • Welcome to Dystopia
  • Language and Technology
  • Visions and concrete examples for a just and sustainable economy
  • Trust is good, control is better.

The first session i went to were ”Sustainable banking according to JAK , in which the subject of sustainable economics and membership owned banks are talked about. JAK also have strategy to use Open Source and FOSS, as it’s close to, and greatly matches their ethics. I’m already a JAKmember since a couple of years, so I found it good to see JAK there.

The second session for me was ”The 4th Pillarthat tried to address the questions about how we better can use the tools we already have, and whats missing to reach “The vision is for a decentralized, emergent consensus of reputation and identity. How to implement and live with it”

Next, session for me was ”One Person’s Utopia Is Another’s Dystopia” which was a philosophical session, discussing consumerism vs producerism, singularity vs the unabomber.

Lunch, quick lunchdiscussions, and then off to the keynote for Saturday – Karen Sandler from the GNOME-foundation speaking about Proactivism, about making the changes we need for software freedom to succeed Specifically about how for example, we can get more participation of women in the Open Source world. Oh, She also convinced me to try GNOME 3.10. Thanks Karen!:)

Quick coffebreak, some discussions and coming up next was Democracy in organisations, regions and nations which was held by ”Aktiv demokrati”. It’s an interesting and concept which would be nice to see take off, so please check it out.

Next, off to Subverting subversion”The ultimate horror is not the end of civilization, but its endless decline. This sitting was reminding me of the yes men. Artistic pranks with a serious undertone. Ohh, and a Jar-Jar Binks picture I really can live without.

Last official talk of the day was ”Ten years with education and freedom, a it-teacher telling us about his experience about learning students to think, and to give them the power over computing, especially with free software and open software. Also we had an interesting informal grouptalk after that. Talked about unity and gnome 3 with Karen Sandler a bit.

After that I had to run and eat as I was shaking of hunger. For the last part of the night, I teamed up with ersi, and we drank beer, and talked around. I was glad to meet one of the FSFE fellas I’d met a coupe of times before at FSCONS. As he had moved to Stockholm, I hope to see him at one of our ULUG hackathons. But there’s always another day, so after that we headed back to our dear STF.

Second day kicked off with Administering the revolution” – how can you fund activism, and developing thoughts. the politics of money funding and its recent developments (Arab spring) and ways to find money to administer the revolution today. And about the consequences of administering the revolution – burn out in activists and some examples of how to avoid it, the gender dimension and women’s situation in the Arab world

Post-Snowden Crypto

asked how we could go next? And also really said that nothing is secure (besides OTR):)

After that, an inspiring talk on how to create Make Space after that, which makes me wanna start a Hacker Space in Uppsala. But alas, the funding for a place to be is not easy to get…

Saturday’s keynote was Engineering our way out of Fascism, which basically said that were dangerously close to one kind of Fascism, where the Democracy rules are violated, and that we need tech, legislation, and campaign to fix this. Now..

For me and ersi the day ended after that, with Erik and Erik where Erik Kylin and Erik Josefsson talked about Kylins’ new movie and EPFUSG’s work in the parliament. Erik J works as an adviser regarding Internet topics in the European Parliament.

The volunteers do a great work with the meetup, and I hope that they continue doing it for many years. It’s a unique meeting point in between tech and society. But – maybe an earlier announcement of the schedule, and some more marketing in different forums could make it better though and more well known. Also, I think there were less people visiting this year, maybe due to a late set schedule and late selling off tickets online, But I really don’t know, just guessing. Anyway, hope to see you all next year!!

Android 4.2.2 på en HTC Desire – klockrent!

Har du en Desire MÅSTE du installera Android 4.2.2 på den.Jag använder fortfarande min gamla HTC Desire som jag köpte 2009. Visst, jag har en Nexus också, men det är oftast Desire:n som åker med i fickan. Den sista Androidversionen som kom till den från HTC själva var 2.6 tror jag. Gammalt som gatan. Sedan några år har jag Cyanongenmod 7 (CM)  installerat på den. För er som inte vet vad CM är så är det en fri, öppen distribution av Android. Den ger flera fördelar såsom snabbhet, mycket funktioner , temabyten och annat.

CM har fungerat snabbt och bra, men började att bli lite utdaterat det med. Tur då att en kodare har förbarmat sig över att sista CM-versionen till Desire:n var 7, och satt ihop en distribution av CM 10, dvs Android 4.2.2 till den. Resultatet – Det fungerar superbra. Modernt och rappt, på en telefon från 2009. Motsvarigheten är att få en iPhone 2 att köra IOS 6 snabbt och rappt. Lycka till med det Applenördar:)

Så här gjorde jag för att installera:

OBS Videon är lite gammal, kamera, tethering med mera fungerar nu fullt ut.

NetBSD – Del 1

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Nu tycker jag att jag är tillräckligt bekväm med Linux för att våga mig på BSD tänkte jag härom dagen. BSD är ju liksom hardcore, Unix på riktigt, och det är väl nyttigt att ha lite kunskap i det med. NetBSD har sitt fokus på att finnas på många plattformar, och det passar mig utmärkt. Brödrost likväl som uråldriga Amigadatorer, NetBSD finns i aktuella versioner till det mesta.

Jag får erkänna att jag hittintills inte kommit längre än till att ha det installerat på min redan dubbelbootande Win7, Linux stationära maskin. Jag följde i stort tipsen här http://abhinav-upadhyay.blogspot.com/2011/05/making-netbsd-dual-boot-with-linux.html

men stötte även på några saker som kan vara bra att veta för den som ska testa NetBSD:

*Jag använde NetBSD 6.

*Linux stödjer häpnandsväckande nog inte BSD filsystemen UFS/2 i skrivläge. Se här

*NetBSD fick lite frispel när jag kopplade ur och kopplade i några andra hårddiskar – antar att det i NetBSD uppstart någonstans sparas disk-idn – och då inte GUIDs – vilket känns sådär – är NetBSD bundet till att man har samma antal hårddiskar (oberoende) som när man installerade känns det skumt. Måste ha varit något annat.

* GRUB hittade fint min Windows och min linux-partiton, men jag fick lägga dit en egen rad i /etc/grub.d/40_custom för att den skulle hitta NetBSD

menuentry "NetBSD 6x" {
set root(hd4,2)
chainloader +1
};

Tänk på att grub är lite inkonsekvent:
”Note the new partition naming convention.
Devices start counting from ”0” as done previously.
sda is designated as ”hd0”, sdb is ”hd1”, etc.
However the first partition is now designated as sda1.
Counting partitions does not start with ”0”. sda5 is 5″

Glöm inte köra update-grub2 efter menyändringen.

* NetBSD ville inte boot från install CD-Rom:en när den var satt som SATA-enhet i BIOS , sätt den som IDE (om du har ändrat dess inställningar i BIOS)

* Glöm inte att donera en slant till NetBSD, de behöver all hjälp de kan få.

Återkommer med mera erfarenheter, just nu har jag i princip bara verifierat att jag kan logga in.:)

Ubuntudags igen!

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Och så har det gått ett halvår igen, och det är dags för en ny version av Ubuntu. Denna gång heter den Natty, eller 11.04 om man ska vara strikt med versionsnummer.
Den alltjämt första nyheten man som användare stöter på är det upphottade gränssnittet ”Unity”.
Natty-video här:
Många har varit skeptiska och kritiska till den ändringen det medför,mig inkluderat. Brunsörja eller lila lycka? Efter att ha testat det lite mer så inser jag att jag gillar det skarpt. Det är precis det här GNU/Linux behöver för att ta mer andelar från Mac/Win plattformarna. Elegant och snyggt. Visst har man lånat en del av Mac:en. Andra nyheter är en upphottad musikspelare, LibreOffice osv. Det är starkt jobbat att man har fått ihop det, på en utvecklingsmässigt sett, mycket kort tid.
Men, men, lita inte på mig utan testa själv.

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