Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mozilla Firefox in Luganda!

Firefox soon to have Luganda language option (CLICK4Larger)
I’m mighty excited about this. Mozilla Firefox is going to have a Luganda language option! Luganda, for my ‘outside countries’ readers, is one of the ‘native’ languages most spoken in Uganda. Perhaps the most spoken. It is a language of business in the markets, on most radios, and a unifier when you are in an alien land and not too sure if the African across the aisle from you will take your overtures well. 

Now Luganda is also going to be one of the ‘internet’ languages, thanks to some Ugandan guys here who have been industriously working in dark LCD screen lit rooms for years. A communication just came through. I’ll quote directly from it…

“On the 29th of September, Avant-garde solutions will be launching Mozilla Firefox in Luganda along side other applications that we have localized. The event will take place at Serena hotel, Achwa Room (located the 1st floor of the conference center). 

The occasion will run from 2pm - 5pm and will host guest from the Mozilla Corporation and International Development Research Centre as well as the State Minister of ICT, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda as the chief guest. The discussion will be majorly focused on Localization of software and technology.

Please send me a message in case you would like to attend.
San Emmanuel James
IT / Data Officer
Mob. +256 711 955559, +256 775 955559
Skype: jsan4christ, Yahoo Messenger: sjolweny85”

This is one of the very few ‘state occasions’ I really, really wish to be a part of! It is history in the making. While it is still a Luganda version in testing, if it does pass the rigorous user standards of Firefox patrons, Luganda being on the web will make it much easier even for those Ugandans who are hesitant about the internet as a tool of communication to come on in.

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