Þann 20.5.2019 15:56, skrifaði Dimitris Glezos:
what are the material benefits of choosing open-source then?
Transparency -for instance ;-)
If an open-source project chooses a closed-source tool for its
operations, that would have to be for really, really good reasons; like
that there's nothing else providing similar services.
In this case, there are valid open-source contenders; Weblate,
Translatewiki, Mojito, and perhaps others. I skip Pootle here, because
it seems the project is a bit stalled, but I could be wrong.
The commercial model of Weblate (to support the devs) is based on the
hosting part of the operation; they offer paid hosting and their
expertise in setting up a translation project, but which is free for
open-source projects (up to a certain size?). All the code is there for
grabbing if you are willing to self-host your project.
As much as I like many aspects of Transifex (especially the tx-client),
it leaves some questions unanswered which wouldn't be if the code was
And if I were to choose between closed-source solutions for a project
like Fedora, I'd probably go for Crowdin: as a translator I like their
interface, group communication is not awful, and translation statistics
for a language are accessible without logging in (one of the major
defects in Transifex which makes it difficult to recruit new translators).
But then, normally it's up to the developers to see if a translation
system fits their workflow and to decide if some of them are willing to
commit time to the maintenance of such a system.
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