Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tuxtrans - Linux distribution for translators

tuxtrans, the successor to PCLOSTrans, is a Desktop GNU/Linux System developed for translators on the basis of the well-known distribution Ubuntu. It is a full fledged operating system, and it also includes a broad collection of software applications which allow a translator to do his/her job most efficiently and in line with the latest standards.

tuxtrans is based on free software and open source and in particular on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx.

uxtrans features a Gnome desktop which makes it relatively easy to migrate from other operating systems. You can install other desktops or window managers easily from the software repositories. tuxtrans uses Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (long term support) as its basis which guarantees long term support for the operating system and a stable two year release cycle.

tuxtrans comes with a lot of applications suited to the everyday tasks of the translator or everybody dealing with multilingual texts. The software ranges from an office suit and DTP software to highly specialized translation memory systems: see the complete list of applications and software packages installed

tuxtrans comes as a multilingual system (EN, DE, IT) with English (en-us) as the default locale. We tried to reduce the volume of the iso file and now include only three locales, although for Ubuntu there are available many other locales provided the system is connected to the internet. To change the system and user interface language to one of the other two preinstalled languages (DE, IT) or to any other locale please consult the languages page.

tuxtrans is a live DVD or USB system: This means that - once you have downloaded and burned it onto a blank DVD disk or copied it to your USB stick (see get it - you may insert it into your DVD/USB drive, switch on your pc and start experimenting or even working without affecting your local hard disk and data: the tuxtrans live DVD/USB does not change anything on your harddisk. Bear in mind, though, that working from the DVD/USB drive is considerably slower than a full local install.

Hardware requirements

A relatively modern PC with Intel architecture is enough to run it: Pentium 4 processor or compatible, 512 RAM and a 6 GB harddisk. These specifications are required mainly by the desktop and OpenOffice. You will also need a bootable DVD or USB drive to start the system.

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