Saturday, February 9, 2013

Mozilla Firefox Vietnamese Beta Released

Mozilla Firefox Vietnamese (19 Beta) was released this week. It is the culmination of my two year effort to re-animate the Mozilla Vietnamese localization team.

Building an active Mozilla community in Vietnam was the first step. Found few passionate young volunteers in the local open source community in Hanoi. Spent the next year mentoring these young volunteers into community leaders. Participation in local events attracted others to join the new Mozilla Vietnam community. Hands on Mozilla developer workshops and Mozilla localization sprints ensured that we retained most these new contributors.

Contributions to Mozilla Firefox Vietnamese localization had been stagnant since last fourteen rapid release cycles. During this period the Vietnamese Firefox had many parts of the browser untranslated thus hampering user experience of the browser. Community driven open source projects often suffer when active contributors leave. Building sustainable communities tackle this problem with new contributors stepping in to take up the reins.

Mozilla Localization community members working on translating firefox strings into vietnamese

I had been organizing Mozilla Localization sprints since August 2011. We met at the Hanoi community space, working on localization strings using web based translation software such Narro and Pootle.The localization sprints with small groups provided a good opportunity to develop localization skills of new contributors and improve the quality of translations as well.

Thanks to efforts of these Mozilla Vietnamese Localization (L10N) community members, We have a fully localized Firefox Vietnamese Beta release.

  • Trương Anh Tuấn
  • Nguyễn Hà Dương
  • Đàm Tiến Long
  • Nguyễn Phan Hải
  • Đặng Duy Thanh
  • Ngô Trung
  • Nguyên Thế Hùng
  • Tuan Zendf
  • Hakuna Matata
  • Nguyễn Vũ Hưng

Don't forget to Download Firefox Vietnamese Beta today.

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