advocacy papers in french

Daniel Seuffert DS at
Wed Jun 13 13:37:44 UTC 2007

Rodrigo OSORIO (ros) wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm not trying to start a troll in this mailing list,
> so please consider this mail gently.
> With some friends we are actually translating some documents 
> about FreeBSD in French, and we have a question about the freeBSD
> logo "The power to serve".
> In main documents, is a word by word translation "le pouvoir de servir".
> I'm not really happy about that because if we translate it in English 
> again (thanks google) it means "The capacity to be useful".
> As I understand this logo purpose is to say, FreeBSD gives you the power
> ("puissance" in French) to serve your needs.
> In this point of view "La puissance � votre service" is a more convenient
> logo.

It's simple imho: Choose what you think is best. Only a native speaker
can feel what's right. Translating literally in any language given
always ends in confusing and ugly terms. If you are not sure or
there's no proper term in your given language use the English
original and stick with it.

Best regards and thanks for your hard work!

- Daniel

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