By Kimberley on Jul 12, 2007
English is not the only language on Earth.
Today, I sat through an internal presentation about Community Globalisation and the Globalisation Community.   Honestly, until today, I never gave much thought to how we approach globalisation of our products.   What I learned was quite impressive.   I left the meeting with a new appreciation of the work the folks in our globalisation teams do.
But the biggest surprise for me was that product globalisation is also being done by the community at large...   not just by talented people inside Sun Microsystems.
During the presentation, the presenters talked about various communities such as BigAdmin, OpenOffice, Blogs @ Sun which includes Masaki Katakai's weblog written in Japanese, and OpenSolaris, and the amazing work being done in providing language translations and tools & documentation in local languages.
Having not visited before, I decided to check out OpenSolaris.org.   Browsing around, I quickly stumbled into the Games area.   (/usr/games....   Ohhhhh, don't get me started on this one!   Oops!   Too late.   We should never have gotten rid of /usr/games.   Sigh.)   And a quick check of the list did not show my old favourites:   Cribbage & Adventure.   But now at least I know one place to look every so often!   But, I digress....
English is NOT the only language in the world.   And, the message is getting out there.   It's really cool to learn that both Sun and the Community at Large are working to support customers and users in their own local and preferred languages.
With talent & a few hours time, anyone can join an open community & help make a difference in the computer industry and the world.   How cool is that!