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MOZILLA LOCALIZATION workshop in Dakar: “Empowering African Languages”!

dakarl10n_intro20140305_200046Localization workshopLocalization Workshop in Dakar, Senegal (March 3-4 2014)

Theme: “Empowering African Languages”

Venue: Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

Hotel : Auberge Marie Lucienne, Point E, Dakar

I have been planning this event since 2012! And it is an old dream to gather people who are literate in non-English languages to show them what we can do with our languages. I wanted to show them that not knowing English or French does not condemn you to darkness forever and that Mozilla has open doors for us so we can do more for our languages and people and at the same time do better. My ambition was at first to gather speakers of Fulah from many countries along with Wolof speakers to train them in using Mozilla localization tools, specially the ones that I have been using which have proved to be really efficient. I am thinking of Translatehouse Translate Toolkit tools like Virtaal and the Pootle Server. Learn more …

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MOZILLA LOCALIZATION workshop in Dakar: “Empowering African Languages”!

dakarl10n_intro20140305_200046Localization workshopLocalization Workshop in Dakar, Senegal (March 3-4 2014)

Theme: “Empowering African Languages”

Venue: Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

Hotel : Auberge Marie Lucienne, Point E, Dakar

I have been planning this event since 2012! And it is an old dream to gather people who are literate in non-English languages to show them what we can do with our languages. I wanted to show them that not knowing English or French does not condemn you to darkness forever and that Mozilla has open doors for us so we can do more for our languages and people and at the same time do better. My ambition was at first to gather speakers of Fulah from many countries along with Wolof speakers to train them in using Mozilla localization tools, specially the ones that I have been using which have proved to be really efficient. I am thinking of Translatehouse Translate Toolkit tools like Virtaal and the Pootle Server.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:19

BORN a localizer: the long road to mother tongue digitalization

born_localizer When my father, a colonial army veteran, retired as a police officer, I was about 9! I remember the first time he announced that we were leaving the city forever to go back to our roots, the village of Thioubalel (meaning little fisherman in Fulah). But before anybody in the large family had time to cry because we were all born there, we were already gone. The day we left was one of the saddest days in my life!
But, I did not realize that day was also going to become the most important turning point in my own life. When I went to the village, I hardly spoke any Fulah because I always used the lingua-franca of the city, which was not Fulah. I even used to look down upon those who spoke Fulah as unsophisticated. That was precisely why my father was waiting impatiently to get us out of there since we were getting “lost”!
So I became a villager, and soon a fluent and proud speaker of this wonderful language. It was wonderful to see how easy it was to use Fulah to talk about life in the village. Everything seemed so natural when you spoke Fulah and amazingly there was a word for every single thing that you could see around.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 07:41

WEBMAKER: A great Maker party in the heart of Normandy!

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The first Webmaker event held on Saturday June 29th in France was a real success although it was only aimed at a limited number of high school pupils due to equipment restrictions. I have planned this event during the wonderful and instructive REMO training days in Athens. It was postponed from May 14th due to exams and the nearing end of school year in France. It was held at Jean Monet high school in a small town called Gruchet-le-Valasse in the heart of the Pays de Caux, the Normandy country.

When I first wrote to the school principal, she already knew that I was a Mozilla volunteer and a rep. So the idea of organizing a Mozilla event immediately pleased her and the go head was granted right away. Before that, I wrote a description of the Webmaker initiative with links to French press articles about Webmaker and more links in English. Actually she was surprised not to be aware of all this Webmaking movement although it was in the news regularly.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 11:42

CHRONIQUE d’un ordinateur pas comme les autres…

Démonage complet!

Cet ordinateur portable a une longue histoire. Acheté en janvier 2008 à 1200 euros, il avait un défaut au niveau de la puce graphique et vlan, carte mère grillée par le GPU juste après la fin de la garantie…
Evidemment HP refuse de prendre en charge la réparation (450 euros) sous prétexte que la garantie est est dépassée.
Mais, il faut compter sur l’entêtement obstiné de Mister Sarr… Bombardement de fax, appels, posts sur le forum… Hp reste inflexible. Circulez, y a rien à voir…
Mais, non je ne vous lacherai jamais car je vous ai contacté plusieurs fois PENDANT la guarantie pour le problème de surchauffe de la carte graphique. Vous m’avez fait faire des manipulations bidons (eh oui je sais que c’est cynique mais je ne leur ai pas dit que j’atais informaticien..hihi..)
Du genre “appuyez 3 minutes… mettez le bios à jour…” truc à la con en sachant que HP savait très bien que la carte graphique est défectueuse sur tous les ordis dotés de la nVidia GeForce Go 8600M GS!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 08:53

MOZILLA l’a fait: Firefox OS est une réalité… en Peul (Pulaar)

ffos_home_introNous en avons rêvé, Mozilla l’a fait! Après plus de deux ans et demi de travail, le développement du projet Firefox OS, le système d’exploitation pour Smartphone développé par la Mozilla Foundation est entré dans sa phase finale. En effet, après avoir présenté le nouvel OS sous simulateur à Johannesbourg en janvier, nous avons l’honneur d’annoncer que Mozilla vient de sortir la version Developer Preview de son futur Smartphone embarquant Firefox OS. Cerise sur le gâteau, cette version est un prototype développeur est entièrement à la merci des développeurs d’applications mais aussi à tous les contributeurs de Mozilla qui ont fait aboutir ce projet dont le nom de code est B2G (Boot to Gecko).
C’est justement ce privilège que nous avons eu d’être parmi les premiers à obtenir le téléphone fabriqué par la firme Geeksphone. Sans tarder, nous nous somme attelé à la tache de reprogrammer le GUI (interface utilisateur) pour inclure la langue Pulaar dans le système. Notons que Firefox OS sera déployé en priorité dans les pays émergents notamment le Brésil, l’Argentine et d’autres pays de l’Asie du Sud. Mais nous avons tenu à fournir les efforts nécessaires pour que le Pulaar puisse être la première langue africaine à être officiellement supportée par Firefox OS.
Dès que nous avons reçu les deux prototypes, le travail de bidouillage a commencé sous Linux. Il fallait avaant tout activer toutes les fonctionnalités du téléphone permettant de le connecter à la console de Linux. Il s’en ai suivi quelques heures de commande barbares et incompréhensibles et enfin le fameux “adb shell start b2g” qui annonce la fin du flashage et hop un redémarage rapide nous révèle un premier menu en langue Pulaar-Fulfulde, dénomination officielle de la langue Pulaar dans les produits Mozilla.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 30 June 2013 02:47
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