Pidgin 2.7.2 released!

Ethan Blanton eblanton at
Mon Jul 26 09:17:10 EDT 2010

Javier Fernandez-Sanguino spake unto us the following wisdom:
> 2010/7/25 John Bailey <rekkanoryo at>:
> > On 07/25/2010 08:32 AM, David Woolley wrote:
> >> Then submit enough translations of the text in the installer to push it
> >> above 50%.
> >
> > David is correct--if you translate more than half of the Windows Installer
> > strings in your .po file, then the language will be an available option in the
> > installer language selector.  Selecting a language there will cause Pidgin to
> > run in the selected language.
> Quite sincerely, this new policy is IMHO quite absurd. Even though the
> nsis installer text might not be fully translated the overall PO
> statistics for Spanish were quite high (IIRC over a 90% update ratio).
> Which means the program *was* translated almost fully even if the
> installer strings were not.

I think maybe you're confused about exactly what happened.  The
translated .po file for Pidgin itself *was* included in the install.
It is selectable from the installer, and Pidgin can be run in Spanish
with no difficulties.  The *only* thing which is not translated is the
installer itself.  Spanish is not disabled.  No registry hackage is

Now, I haven't seen this installer myself, but it does appear that
it's hard to tell this for some reason.  I don't know why.

> I'm not a Windows users myself, and the few times I use Pidgin in
> Windows I upgrade the client (which explains why I hadn't seen this
> issue). In the Spanish case, this policy results in not providing a
> translation that is actually quite complete for the *program* which
> results in less Spanish-speaking users using the program itself and,
> in the long term, means less userbase for Pidgin. In the long term,
> this is actually bad for Pidgin.

Again, this is untrue, I think there has been a misunderstanding.


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