We had our first ever Globalization FAD at the start of this month. We all were excited for this FAD as most of the long time contributors from G11N were attending this FAD. We had a 3 days FAD at Red Hat Tokyo, Japan office.
Because of some meeting room issues we started our FAD on Sunday as first day. As decided we met at Ebisu Station and then walk towards Red Hat office which is close to Ebisu Station. The first day started by Jens Petersen by welcoming all of us. Let me also write here who all we attended this FAD. We got Noriko Mizumoto and Tomoyuki Kato members from localization (l10n) group. Then we got few members from Internationalization (i18n) group. Then remaining few members from Zanata group. Thus we got around 15 attendees for this FAD on first day.
The first hour we spent on introducing each others and how we will be having FAD for next 3 days.
The first talk was by Pravin Satpute on Fedora Globalization status where he discussed what G11N is, what are the benefits of forming G11N group, activities done by G11N group in last six months(f23 development cycle). Then he discussed the need of having few language experts for every language we want to support in Fedora.
The next talk was by Noriko and Ani Peters on L10N status. They mostly talked about how can we help new contributors by improving wiki pages, a single guide to help them start with L10N, Zanata migration that got completed in Fedora 23 development cycle, then a need to improve string freeze breaking issues.
The next talk was by Akira Tagoh on I18N status where Tagoh-san discussed about what I18N mean, what I18N developers do work (I18N projects) and past activities (F22 and F23 Changes) and bugzilla statistics.
We had a lunch where we got to eat Japanese Pizza. It was a nice lunch. Thanks to Tagoh-san for doing all the lunch arrangements for us in cafeteria.
The last talk was given by Alex on Zanata, a translation platform. He discussed about what Zanata platform is, how people are using it, some statistics on its usage. Then we all had some discussions on Zanata’s contributor license, statistics should be available for every Fedora release per language.
After having status from all the G11N subgroups (l10n, i18n, Zanata) we moved on to Hackathon. We got few groups to work on various topics.
One of the group discussed on Next generation G11n architecture design, another on Fedora Language Spins, another on Fedora G11N Wiki creation/cleanup and last one discussed on Automated Testing for L10N and I18N. I started working on finding a way to have langpacks installed on Workstation Live media. We also had discussions on glibc locales subpackaging.
We concluded day with what progress different groups made in their work. It was really a nice, informative, more communicative day for me as I got to meet other members personally, know them well. This will really help me to discuss future things with them easily.