[clug] Internode dumps FOSS for MS Exchange

Mike Carden mike.carden at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 03:07:13 MST 2010

> I think the issue is rather the other way, with speakers who only speak
> English, and expect everyone else to do so at a conference in their country,
> where Dutch is the native language.

I'm only half with you there.

Anyone should respect a country's native language. Although the
English language has a large share of the world's attention, I don't
assume that everyone should use it.
But... I found myself a tiny bit annoyed in The Netherlands to see a
conference attended by people from a wide range of European nations
(and me) in which the agreed language was not understood by as many
people as English would have been. I'm monolingual and therefore the
lowest common denominator. Most of my hosts were polylingual and
therefore the HCD. I submit that a conference in The Hague delivered
in English would have been understood by more people than if it had
been delivered in Dutch.

I had some great discussions in English with most of the presenters
after their talks - mostly to find out what they'd talked about.


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