Linux Mint 7 Stable Testing Phase Begins
Article by George Norman
On 20 May 2009
Earlier this month the development team behind open-source operating system (OS) Linux Mint was announcing the download availability of Linux Mint 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). Gloria, as the OS has been affectionately called by its developers (codename Gloria), has now moved forward as Lead Developer of Linux Mint, Clem Lefebvre, recently announced and has entered testing phase.

One of the blockers that held the final and stable Linux Mint 7, codename Gloria, from entering the testing phase was language support – the tools that Gloria provides already come in English, but they also needed to be translated in other languages as well, to address the needs of those users that are not native English speakers. Clem Lefebvre issued a call for translation help, and numerous Linux fans answered it, thus aiding Linux Mint 7 get closer to a stable version release.


“I would like to thank all the people who helped translating Gloria. The response from the community was amazing. The ISO is being finalized today and it includes full support for the Mint tools in 37 languages. The ISO is estimated to be around 696MB including fonts for all the languages mentioned above to be displayed correctly out of the box. The Universal Edition will also include the related language-packs for all these languages to work fully from the live DVD and in a fully localized Gnome environment. I would also like to thank all the people who helped in testing the RC1 release of Linux Mint 7. 51 bug reports were catalogued and analyzed. And after triaging them all and releasing some fixes we’re now in a position to finalize the ISO,” commented Linux Mint Lead Developer, Clem Lefebvre.

The 37 languages that Linux Mint 7, codename Gloria, provides support for are as follows: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese/Br, Portuguese/Pt, Arabic, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Galician, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Norwegian, Japanese, Ukrainian, Romanian, Slovenian, Catalan, Greek, Czech, Slovak, Marathi, Norwegian [nynorsk], Croatian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Hindi, Finnish, Hebrew, Serbian and Belarusian. There is also support for Basque and Bosnian, but this is only partial support.

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