December 17, 2008

Number of strings to translate in Thunderbird or Lightning

A question that often comes up with new localizers that want to localize Thunderbird or the Calendar products (Lightning and Sunbird) is "How many strings do I need to translate/localize?"

Finally I have the answer to that question and I'm posting it here, because
  1. Someone else than me might be interested in the answer as well
  2. I need a page that I can point people to
So for Thunderbird you need to translate 5749 strings (as of now).
For the Calendar products you need to translate 2065 strings (as of now).

That's really a lot and it really makes it that more impressive when you think about the great work that localizers are doing for our products.

December 2, 2008

Localized Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 1 RC builds available

We have our very first Thunderbird 3.0 Beta 1 Release Candidate builds available. We will be testing these builds in the next few days and we would appreciate it, if you could test them as well.

The usual disclaimers apply - either backup your current profile, or create a new profile and run TB 3.0 Beta 1 RC1 against the new profile.

If you see real showstopper bugs, then please let me know ASAP and make sure that a bug is filed on that issue.

December 1, 2008

38 languages are part of Thunderbird beta1

A little bit over three weeks ago, when I announced the string freeze planning for beta1, I said that I hoped that we could increase our number of supported locales for this release to 30 or maybe even (in the most optimistic case) to 35 locales.

Well, as of now 38 locales (including en-US) have opted in for the Thunderbird 3 beta1 release, thereby totally blowing away my expectations. This is notable, because already with beta1 we're just one locale short of what we had achieved with the Thunderbird 2 final release, which is currently supported by 39 locales (including en-US).

So thanks a lot to everyone in the l10n community. You guys rock!