Linked by Eisel Mazard on Thu 14th Jun 2012 22:01 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The average computer user might think that the number of languages their operating system supports is pretty long. OSX supports 22 languages, and Microsoft claims to support 96, but they're counting different regional dialects multiple times. But there are over 6000 languages, and though many of them are spoken by a dwindling few, there are some languages that are spoken by millions of people that are supported very poorly, if at all, by computer operating systems. The reason for the support being poor is that the people who speak those languages are poor, and are not good "markets." It's only because of the efforts of a few dedicated people that computing support for languages such as Burmese, Sinhalese, Pali, Cambodian, and Lao have been as good as they are, but the trends for the future are not good.
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Comment by Bengar
by Bengar on Sat 16th Jun 2012 00:24 UTC
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Home computer ownership, even an old, well out of date desktop PCs is completely unaffordable, rare and out of reach for the majority of people in developing countries.

While there is a big and successful trade in offloading used and out of date mobile phones and motor vehicles from developed to developing countries. This does not seem to be the case for old computer equipment I am not sure why. Maybe it's not financially viable to ship the bulky equipment while keeping it in working order?

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