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I think this might serve as a potential motivational boost for Olivier to keep up the good work on the GetGNULinux.org project. I took this quote from this article. Before saying this, the guy was talking about the first time he decided to try GNU/Linux. Here's what he says:

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The first place I went (what I thought made sense) was Linux.org. It was a confusing site with many links. The download link takes you nowhere and asks you to go to the distributions link. Some of the download links were to older versions of distros. I didn't know which distro to pick or what distinguished one distro from another. There seemed to be hundreds of distros available.

GetGNULinux.org is a direct solution for the problem he describes. If he went to GetGNULinux.org (provided that it existed then) he'd be so much better off and more satisfied with the initial experience. And we all know that first impressions count for alot.

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Daniel

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Hmm, maybe we should buy

Hmm, maybe we should buy linux.org and forward it to GetGNULinux.org Eye

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libervisco wrote:

GetGNULinux.org is a direct solution for the problem he describes.

Yes! I have been "that guy" just one year ago. It is precisely with this in mind that I wrote GGL. Thanks for that quote, it feels good reading =)

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Hmm, maybe we should buy linux.org and forward it to GetGNULinux.org Eye

Ah !
I just shiver everytime I imagine a newcommer typing linux.org and promptly flying away from Free Software. If only the domain was for sale... getlinux.org is also registered and we also probably just couldn't afford it.Sad

Let's just do our best with what we have Smiling

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GetLinux.info is available.

GetLinux.info is available. Smiling

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re: gelinux.info
libervisco wrote:

GetLinux.info is available. Smiling

We could acquire this domain name. After giving it some thought, I am not sure it will help us a lot. I do not want to re-name the whole website, and I doubt that many people would type it straight from their browser.

Thinking about the French translations, I acquired the GetLinux.fr and GetGnuLinux.fr domains, which now (temporarily) point to the main homepage.

What frightens me is to play the game of buying all domains available, which prevents everyone from using them. I don't want to annoy people the way it infuriates me that getlinux.org isn't even used.

But if everyone believes it's a good idea, I'm ready to do it. I can strech my budget for another domain name.

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You're probably right. If it

You're probably right. If it is to be acquired then it better be worth something for the project, so I suppose we should first be sure if there is a way we can make good use of it that would contribute to the project.

One idea is for it to be a sort of satelite page linking to GetGNULinux.org, kind of like its splash screen with only a couple or so basic and most important links to GetGNULinux.org content.

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I think getlinux.info should

I think getlinux.info should be for a site where you can get info about linux rather than info about getting linux. So leave it for someone else to build something nice there Smiling .

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Let's not do that then =

Let's not do that then = )

tbuitenh, I like your way of saying things Smiling

Olivier.

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GetLinux.fr sounds a little

GetLinux.fr sounds a little English to me...

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Hehe I didn't even notice

Hehe I didn't even notice that. What would be the french equivalent to "get"?

Not that I suggest changing the french domain name...

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translation of "get"
free-zombie wrote:

GetLinux.fr sounds a little English to me...

libervisco wrote:

Hehe I didn't even notice that. What would be the french equivalent to "get"?

Hard one. You could say "passer à Linux" or "migrer sous Linux", (litteraly "get to Linux") but there is no straight translation for "get".
Since infinitive verbs in French display quite awfully in domain names ("passeralinux.fr" isn't brillant and the absence of accent on the a is a big grammar error), getlinux.fr was the best option. Indeed not very French, but a good way to say "French version of getgnulinux.org" Smiling

Each language has its beauty, but for computers French is really cumbersome. All my software is in English.

Olivier.

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Well, getlinux.fr is the

Well, getlinux.fr is the best then. I'm sure most of computer users, even in France, understand at least the word "get". Smiling

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the à wouldn't be all that

the à wouldn't be all that problematic nowadays as IDN (i18nized domain names) were introduced a while ago and software support for them has become quite good. But still, it will be understood Smiling

I can't think of a German translation for "get" either off the top of my head - all my software is English as well, but not because of the language per se, but because of habit... (if you start using computers in English and learn programming on an English version of Windows NT at the age of seven or eight, that creates a hard-sitting habit...)

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I personally just like

I personally just like english for computing more than any other language. It may be out of habit too though, because I've also always used english versions of all software and now I can barely stand it in another language. Sticking out tongue

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like that for others
libervisco wrote:

I personally just like english for computing more than any other language. It may be out of habit too though, because I've also always used english versions of all software and now I can barely stand it in another language. Sticking out tongue

I've heard it's like that for many non-native speakers of English.

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Yeah it probably is. It must

Yeah it probably is. It must be a weird thing to hear to a native speaker though, like why would english be so especially attractive. I guess it's just so overwhealming that it gets to you. Smiling

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What I dislike about

What I dislike about translated software is that often the translation goes too far and tries to translate english words that have become part of the other language. For example there is no need to translate "harddisk" or "file". Reading such translations feels unnatural.

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the worst case of that is

the worst case of that is French, where "OK" is translated to "Accepter" or something. I sometimes enjoy using French software as I only understand half of it though Eye

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Yeah I agree to that.

Yeah I agree to that. Certain english words have "infiltrated" many languages to the point of being commonly used in these langugages as well, so insisting on old uncommon, strict words seems counterproductive.

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