Author Archives: Mike Sapsard

Slight Delay but Steady Progress

The next release is still work in progress, and is going more slowly than I had hoped. WindSirf is now translated into German, limited only by my lack of fluency, and it works in Unicode, which displays the international characters that sometimes pop up on our computer screens. One of the reasons for selecting German is that all languages have different length words and sentences, especially when they are short, and German often but not always, is longer than English. Getting German right helps to ensure that all areas where text will be written are large enough to receive most languages. This has a big influence on the interface design.

There are still a few things to be done to make it work with right to left languages, and these are being worked on. Things like radio buttons and check boxes and their text have to be swapped over. This has to happen automatically when such a language is selected.

When we get to that stage, anyone who wishes to make a translation will be able to do it for themselves on their own PC. I hope that they will then send the translation file to me for release on this web site, so that everyone who wants it can share it.

Finally, because I have moved over full time to Linux Mint, the next release will be for both Linux and Windows.

Whoops – There goes Windows 8

I have been waiting for LinuxMint to be installable on a UEFI PC, and for LibreOffice to become stable enough with reasonably complex Word documents. Both have finally happened and I created a dual boot setup on my laptop, so that I could start either Windows 8 or Linux Mint 16. This was to test WindSirf on both operating systems.

Unfortunately, I experimented to see if MS ReadyBoost would still work. It did, but removed the dual boot capability. While reinstalling Linux Mint, I accidentally removed Windows 8. The increase in speed with just Linux Mint 16 is amazing. I can’t be bothered to reinstall Windows 8 because it has nothing i need. So, I will borrow my wife’s laptop to test the Windows version of WindSirf.

If you are a Linux fan, but are cautious about losing Windows compatibility, don’t worry unless you are writing extremely complex MS Office documents. You can run also both OS’s side by side using Virtualbox.