Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 10:22 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
BeOS & Derivatives "This is the first Haiku alpha 1 status update. The goal of this status update is to provide information on how the project is going. There has recently been an consensus that it was about time to start preparing a first alpha for a myriad of reasons. To me personally, the fact that it is about time to show off the enormous amount of work that has been put in the project the past number of years. Another good reason - in my opinion - is to get everyone behind one goal: preparing the code for a first release. So what's the goal of this status update? Well, with a large number of developers actually working on the different components of the operating system, it is easy to lose track of what is going on. You can consider this a news update."
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RE[3]: stability
by kaiwai on Mon 24th Mar 2008 02:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: stability"
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

Really localizations could just be downloaded on demand, although I guess disk space is cheap these days so few people care !!


Even so, a lot of people I know just standardise to English - at the end of the day is the international language, its flexible, and for non-English speakers, its a lot more expressive. Apart form the French (and a few other anti-Anglo's), the world is moving in that direction; embrace it or be left behind.

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RE[4]: stability
by koki on Mon 24th Mar 2008 03:02 in reply to "RE[3]: stability"
koki Member since:
2005-10-17

Apart form the French (and a few other anti-Anglo's), the world is moving in that direction; embrace it or be left behind.


And what world is that? I ask because I doubt the Chinese and the Japanese, just to name a couple of countries, would agree with your assertion, nor would they want to have to comply with it.

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RE[5]: stability
by kaiwai on Mon 24th Mar 2008 03:16 in reply to "RE[4]: stability"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

"Apart form the French (and a few other anti-Anglo's), the world is moving in that direction; embrace it or be left behind.


And what world is that? I ask because I doubt the Chinese and the Japanese, just to name a couple of countries, would agree with your assertion, nor would they want to have to comply with it.
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The Japanese are a special situation - "we're not Asian, we're Japanese!"

Regarding Chinese and Korean, all outside evidence shows that you either learn English and become rich or be ignorant and remain in a rice paddy. Most people are bright enough to work out the better route. Take Singapore for example - they faced reality and it is seen as the economic miracle.

Pragmatic approaches, not cultural masturbation, delivers results. I can assure you that if Mandarin suddenly become the dominant language, I would learn it, just as if Korean were to become the dominant language.

Edited 2008-03-24 03:17 UTC

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RE[4]: stability
by Soulbender on Mon 24th Mar 2008 04:52 in reply to "RE[3]: stability"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Even so, a lot of people I know just standardise to English[/]q

Most non-techies prefer their native language.

[q]for non-English speakers, its a lot more expressive.


More expressive than what? Their native language? That's bullshit.

embrace it or be left behind.


Hilarious. If anything the world will be moving to chinese in the future.

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RE[5]: stability
by kaiwai on Mon 24th Mar 2008 05:21 in reply to "RE[4]: stability"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

"Even so, a lot of people I know just standardise to English[/]q

Most non-techies prefer their native language.

[q]for non-English speakers, its a lot more expressive.


More expressive than what? Their native language? That's bullshit.
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May I suggest you hear what a language sounds like when it is directly translated - it sounds like baby English. The lack of variation in words becomes so annoying for some they start using Engish words dropped into conversations.

"embrace it or be left behind.


Hilarious. If anything the world will be moving to chinese in the future.
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Or we see Chinese start to enter the English language - take New Zealand English, it is now a fusion of Maori and English; English in itself only has 25% of words of English origin. English is ultimately a bastardised language of fusion. Whilst the French tried the Microsoft approach of 'control freak', English has developed like the opensource world - an orgy of innovation at the grass roots.

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