Briar GTK goes international: 2nd beta release

With this second beta release, Briar GTK goes all international. Thanks to the amazing Localization Lab Translation Teams, Briar GTK is now translated into more than 20 languages.

Briar GTK welcoming you in Thai

Briar GTK welcoming you in Thai.

All this happened within less than two months of voluntary work. When Briar GTK got included in Localization Lab’s Transifex platform, just 24 hours later it already got translated into various languages as shown in this tweet with Persian. To honor their amazing work, this release is dedicated to the Translation Teams at Localization Lab.

Briar GTK welcoming you in Arabic

Briar GTK saying “مرحبًا” in Arabic.

The full list of translations beside the already translated Spanish and German is here:

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Esperanto
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Galician
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Macedonian
  • Persian
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish

For this beta release, I decided to set the translation limit to 60%. That means all languages having at least 60% coverage in Briar GTK’s core components got included in this release and will most probably also be included in future beta releases. For an eventually upcoming first stable release, I’ll most likely follow Briar Android with its 80% barrier, but might also go with a limit 100% reviewed. That’s still a decision to be made.

This beta release is not just about new translations. Other improvements in this version include:

  • Improved notification support
  • Showing number of unread messages in contact list
  • Support for changing contacts’ names
  • Support for deleting all messages of a chat
  • Indication of messages’ delivery states
  • Migration to briar_wrapper 0.0.6
  • Many more minor improvements

As with the first beta release, updating to the new version is as easy as calling flatpak update or installing the new .deb files. If you’re new to Briar GTK, you might want to look at its installation instructions to learn how to install it. Keep in mind that Briar GTK so far only supports private chats via the Internet/Tor. Support for communication through local networks or Bluetooth isn’t implemented as of now.

Briar GTK welcoming you in Russian

Briar GTK greeting you with “Добро пожаловать” in Russian.

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