Join Fedora Localization Community

Fedora Localization Team Last review: 2023-03-16

Become a member of Fedora l10n/translation community by following these steps.

Create a Fedora Account

Many Fedora community applications and tools, Fedora translation platform included, rely on Fedora Accounts for authentication and authorization of contributors. Create such account by going to the home page of Fedora Accounts and choosing the register tab.

A further prerequisite to contributing is a signature of the Fedora Project Contributor Agreement, see the tab Agreements in the Settings of your Fedora Account.

This is not a mandatory step, but it could be helpful to apply for a membership in l10n FA group through the sponsorship (see How do I become a member of a group?).

Subscribe to Fedora Translation mailing list

We use a public mailing list, open to all subscribers, for longer discussions (asynchronous and sometimes multi-threaded communication) for which short live chats may not be enough. Log into the Fedora mailing lists site using your Fedora Account credentials. Then, find the Fedora Translation Project mailing list and subscribe using your personal email address. (A alias can be also used, for more information see e-mail aliases.)

News, updates, and discussion about translations, team coordination, etc. are shared through on the mailing list. It is a key part to how we communicate. It is usually a low traffic list.

Post a self-introduction

Say hello and introduce yourself to the team! Post a self-introduction to the mailing list and tell us a little about yourself.

Not sure what to say? Answer these questions to start:

  • Why are you interested in contributing to Fedora?

  • Why are you interested in contributing to Translations?

  • What is your native language? Do you know other languages?

  • If you’re involved with other things in Fedora, what are/were you working on?

  • Do you have any experience in open source or online communities? If so, what?

  • What parts of the L10n/G11n/Translation project are interesting to you?

  • Do you have any questions for us? How can we help you get started?

Fedora Chat and IRC

Fedora uses Fedora Chat powered by Matrix/Element and the Libera Chat IRC network for instant messaging and synchronous communication.

Short discussions and planning happen in the matrix room in Fedora Chat, which is bridged with the #fedora-l10n channel on Libera.Chat, so people in Fedora Chat are able to seamlessly chat with people in Libera.Chat and vice versa. If you want to stay connected even when you are not online, Fedora Chat can be a solution for you. But IRC clients offer a solution for staying connected permanently as well. Simply, use what serves your instant messaging needs the best.

More information on Matrix, Element and/or IRC can be found in the Fedora Magazine by searching matrix or irc, for example.

Register on Weblate

Weblate is the online translation platform used by the Fedora Community.

Just log in at the login page with your Fedora Account credentials, registration is not required as it is substituted by the Fedora Accounts.

If you find wiki pages, documents and articles talking about Zanata, take into account that they could be outdated.

Start on a task

Just log in to Weblate and start translating! A short introduction to working with Weblate is available here.

Further steps

Useful and deep information for newcoming contributors to Fedora, that we recommend to your attention, can be found on the page of Fedora Join Special Interest Group.

A community is a group of people. Working alone is not always too funny. Look for other people in your region and of your own language, join a language team if it is active, or think to kick off a new one.

What you can find on the Fedora Wiki about the translation teams it is not always up to date.