ineptitude! – Or why Firefox 3.5 does not have a Swahili translation when there is one done…
This should be celebration time for the Umoja Project, but it is not. And you know why? Ineptitude!
The story in short. There are 2 teams translating Firefox to Swahili (sw-TZ):
- The first one is an academic group (mob) had funding and has used 4 years with no visible results.
- The second one is 100% community based which did 80% of the job in a Christhmas sprint. And got finished by the middle of April.
So why is not Mozilla Firefox 3.5 shipping with a Swahili translation? Politics. The Mozilla people want to play nice with everyone instead of giving priority to the team that has actually showed results, real result!
The Swahili transaltion is not even shipping as a beta version. Simply it doesn’t exist in the public eye only as a bug which should be closed.
You know what irritates me? That the people in the community, that actually worked hard, won’t see any visible result. Do you think that is the way to motivate people?
Next time, please, do the right thing. Go with those that do the work, not those that “own” the translation branch and haven’t done anything for years.
At least I hope the translation hits Karmic…