Debian Installer is currently under a full string freeze, as part of
the preparation of an upcoming release (a release of Debian
*Installer*, *not* a release of Debian).
A string freeze is meant to allow translators to complete their work
without risking further changes of localized material.
The string freeze lasts until July 4th 2010, 23:59. After this
deadline, udeb packages uploads will happen. Languages incomplete
in level 1, sublevels 1 and 2 (as defined in D-I l10n documentation
) will be dropped from D-I.
According to the latest localization status (published weekly, on
Mondays, in email@example.com), 41 languages  are in a
good enough shape for being kept in the Debian Installer language
selection menu. Even though some of them are not fully complete for
all sublevels, they are not “in danger”. You can still bring them to
“full 100%” in .
4 more languages  are “nearly out of danger” because they’re only
missing a few localized strings in important user interaction
dialogs. Translators for these languages have been noticed to be
active but these languages are not fully “out of danger” until they’re
More worrying is the status of the 20 remaining languages among the 65
that are supported in lenny. These ones will be deactivated if they’re
not updated in time.
Bosnian, Welsh, Dzongkha, Galician, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian,
Georgian, Kazakh, Khmer, Kurdish, Latvian, Macedonian, Malayalam,
Nepali, Serbian, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Wolof, it’s time to wake up
If you’re already a translator for D-I, you know what to do: update
sublevels 1 and 2 of level 1 *in priority*…and consider updating the
entire level 1. If you have trouble doing this, please get in touch
If you are *not* a translator of D-I but are willing to help, please
mail firstname.lastname@example.org (or, alternatively, mail me
privately) so that we see what can be done.
 “out of danger” languages
Arabic, Asturian, Bulgarian, Bengali, Czech, Danish,
German, Greek, Esperanto, Estonian, Basque
Spanish, Finnish, French, Irish, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian
Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Marathi, Norwegian Bokmål, Dutch,
Punjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian,
Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese,
Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
 “nearly out of danger” languages
Belarusian, Catalan, Norwegian Nynorsk,
Brazilian Portuguese (promised to be completed in time)