Random Thoughts of Open Source Projects in Japan

I was happy that Zorin OS supports Japanese, and that there is no unnatural language. Although there are over 100 million Japanese speakers, the localization tends to lag behind in open source projects. I think this is due to the low social status of people involved in information technology in Japan, so they cannot afford to participate in the projects.

In addition, many native speakers of Japanese do not have sufficient English language skills. Therefore, unlocalized technology is not widespread in Japan, and this leads to a vicious cycle that leaves Japan as an isolated island of information.

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What about the Japanese distribution, Berry Linux?

@swarfendor437 It makes me feel nostalgic, but a project supported by passion of one person is fragile. Japanese freeware, which flourished until the time of Windows XP, failed to take root as a culture.

Had another search and Vine Linux has a team of six developers:


The Japanese language describes dates in the order of year, month, and day. For example, today is 2022/9/4. You will see that this project is not active.

According to Distrowatch a dead project is one with no releases over a 2 year period. The first link lists 6 Japanese distributions, not all are Linux.


The link below defines what a project is deemed to be active:

I Heard Ubuntu Uwuntu but don't know if this exactly Japan distribution.

Why do Japanese laptops continue to support legacy ports?