turquoise, I could not agree more..
Even though people learn English from the second grade over here, their native tongue will always be something else...
I find it odd that this should be the main argument for not creating different sheds, when it already exists for some users (German, Italian etc). From some of my Norwegian forums, I have seen that a lot of younger people are giving SL a try, and ends up with asking questions in those places, since they can post in their native language, without having to think about correct grammar, and how to explain their problems in a foreign language. Would it not be nice to help them in the distro-specific forum?
From other forums, I will say that most people gets answers to their questions, in their own language. Look at the Nordic Gentoo forum, the country specifics Ubuntu forums and all those others forums out there. Distro specific problems will always be solved in some way, by people that would like to help out the community. If one are presented with a nice distro (like I belive that SL is), it is amazing how far some people would go, to Â«pay backÂ» to the developers.
For a relatively young distro like SL, I would say that it is important to take care of these kinds of aspects, before the distro really hits the top. If one have the basic functions in place, it would be easier to grow in the way that the developers would like to see the distro grow. Just look at the activity in the forum before the release of 3.3 and after, one can not expect 100 helpers from day one in the different sheds, but it will slowly grow (or explode
). A baby crawls, before he learns to walk.
And I do hope that even though I only managed to get responses from the American continent, there are other Nordic users out there ...
Best regards from Norway/Sweden! (And thumbs up for your work here!!)