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BSD and Darwin derivatives The GNU-Darwin Distribution is a free operating system and a popular source of free software for Mac OS X and Darwin-x86 users, but it is also a platform for digital activism. Founded in November of 2000, the Distribution has the stated goal of bringing software freedom to computer users of every stripe, and vigilantly defending digital liberties.
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RE: Anonymous (IP: ---.kuleuven.ac.be)
by Great Cthulhu on Tue 4th Nov 2003 02:06 UTC

I think French is the only language where there is a committee which explicitly invents words and tell people to use those words instead of what they were already saying.

That's not quite it - rather, it is introducing new translations for a volley of new words that have come with computing. Some are silly and are never used (such as "numérisateur" for scanner), others are nicer-sounding in french (such as "courriel" for e-mail, and the more recent "pourriel" for spam).

It's an undeniable fact, however, that from the very beginning the computing world has been dominated the by English. I am reminded of a very short-lived and quite funny attempt to translate BASIC, who contains a lot of natural language words, into french, back in the early 80's...needless to say that looked quite bizarre, even for a francophone.