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Would you like to have an Arabic language section in the forums?
Yes
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 84%  [ 96 ]
No
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:49 am    Post subject: Arabic Section in Forums. Reply with quote

Hello all,
Can we have an Arabic language section in the forums?
EDIT: I shouldn't have added a "No" option, oops :oops:
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it would be really wonderful if we had an arabic section in the forum, because :
1) many people out there know only arabic, and are not fluent in english
2) localization of software to arabic is not always easy (RTL, shaping ..

i hope that our request will be granted ;)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be a nice idea, it would be great to have a place to discuss arabic issues in linux
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be on for that. Linux is really making progress in the Arab world now but most Arabs still stick with distributions like Redhat. Gentoo has such great potential though for the Arab world and it would help it adoption by having a place where people can ask questions and receive answers in Arabic.

After all, it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Akhouk wrote:
but most Arabs still stick with distributions like Redhat.

everyone is still sticking to those distributions, not only arabs, but as long as it's not windows, that's fine :twisted:
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If we manage to get this it will be the first step, then we can focus on translating the docs into arabic, then maybe GWN :D
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great idea indeed, the problem with Arabic is that it's a complex language, requires many software features to work correctly. Other distros almost always manage to break some packages or features when it comes to Arabic support, with Gentoo, you can install and customize everything the way you want, and make sure everything works well, actually this is one of the reasons I use Gentoo. I don't have to reinstall Open Office because RTL is broken (Fedora), or hunt for Arabic kde-i18n or font packages (SuSE)...

Having Arabic forums for support is important for Arabic speakers, as many aren't fluent or comfortable with English, and unlike other distros, you really have to read the manual here, so unless we have an Arabic support forum, (and Arabic docs in the next step), it'll be difficult for many Arabs to try out Gentoo.

Arabic support has a large set of problems when it comes to Linux, maybe it's one of the languages that take most time and effort to work correctly, having Arabic support posts in one place will make it a lot easier to help, as I always seem to miss those posts and not notice them until a day or two.

Thank you! :)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Arabic is one of the six Official UN languages... and all the other 5 languages have forums available, So i think gentoo should have a forum for Arabic too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried to download gentoo with no results

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

does any of the mods speak/read arabic?

That will prolly be the main deciding point
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naib wrote:
does any of the mods speak/read arabic?
I don't think so, but I'm not certain.

Naib wrote:
That will prolly be the main deciding point
The last step before creating a new language based forum is identifying potential moderator(s). If none are available, then no forum will be created.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried to download gentoo with no results

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i don't think that this would be a problem, after all arabic is one of the most spoken languages on earth :D , so finding a mod for arabic section won't be that hard ...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having an Arabic forum in Gentoo forums will just make it better.
We lack some kind of support in our LUG, in terms of gentoo support, because we don't have enough resources. Now if we have an Arabic section, this will help a lot. :D
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pjp wrote:
The last step before creating a new language based forum is identifying potential moderator(s). If none are available, then no forum will be created.

That wouldn't be a problem I guess :)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An Arabic section is needed, it is a widely spoken language and it would help to reaffirm Gentoo and one of the progressors in the linux and computing world.

A good idea would be to have a article in the GWN asking for Arabic speakers who have the time and knowlege to be a moderator for the Arabic forum.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's only fair... I voted yes.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be very nice, it will help many people have arabic support added to many packages in the portage and then some howtos for the users who would need it :wink:
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why on earth would people vote no?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cokehabit wrote:
why on earth would people vote no?

Conspiracy Theory! :x
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

until now those who posted answers voted "yes", we would also like to hear from those who voted "no" ...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, why not!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most people here use windowz because it supports arabic and it is as cheap as linux (when its pirated) but when I used gentoo I couldn't stand windows, I don't use arabic much but most of the people I know do. Once installed and running, linux is as easy as windowz, with much better performance.

As for the moderator I know tumbak is great with linux. I vote for him. Greetings man.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course we should, we have forums for much smaller groups of people - but I'm a little concerned if it's technically possible with phpbb.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

playfool wrote:
Of course we should, we have forums for much smaller groups of people - but I'm a little concerned if it's technically possible with phpbb.


Technically, it's possible, I run an Arabic phpBB forum (down at the moment), official language packs are available from phpbb.com.

As for mods, I'm pretty sure we can handle that, not an issue really :)
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