Free/Open Source Software Localization Primer Published
UNDP-APDIP’s International Open Source Network has produced a primer on
Free/Open Source Software Localization.
Download the primer: FOSS Localization Primer (pdf format – 1.3MB)
June 6th 2005
This primer provides a broad perspective on the localization of
Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) for the benefit of policy- and
decision-makers in developing countries. It highlights the benefits and
strategies of FOSS localization, along with case studies from various
countries that are on the road to software freedom.
The primer begins with an introduction to localization and the benefits
of choosing FOSS over proprietary software. The next section provides a
survey of initiatives and efforts in localization of FOSS within the
Asia-Pacific region, including best practices and lessons learned
specifically in countries such as Viet Nam, Thailand, Cambodia, India
and Malaysia. The primer also provides three case studies of
localization efforts in Thailand, Lao PDR and Cambodia, as well as
recommendations on technical issues, resource allocation, skills and
tools, implementation, costs and language considerations.
To help localizers get started, two annexes regarding key concepts and
the technical aspects of localization are provided. These are intended
for project managers and implementers who are planning software
This primer an of the International Open Source Network and initiative
of UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme and supported
by the International Development Research Center (IDRC).
The primer is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
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