Call for a "Greek & Mac FAQ"
Setting up a professional work environment (for example for graphics professionals) on a Mac with Mac OS X in Greek is not there yet. At least not out of the box. There still is a lot of information needed. Even working with a system in English using Greek contents (fonts, text) has its problems still. I propose an FAQ on this topic.
- How to get the Greek system (GRUpdate by Rainbow)? Who can get it? Where to get it? What do I have to do to get it running? Do I really need it?
- Trouble with GRUpdate: Updates of the system software have to be synced with updates of GRUpdate, delays due to that, crashes and kernel panics that IMHO could have been a result of GRUpdate, translations of qustionable quality, ...
- Installation of a Mac in Greek needs knowledge of another language. Someone who knows only Greek can not install his own Mac, while someone who knows only Swedish or Italian can. This is because with the Greek Mac, installation is a two step process, first installing an English system, then installing the Greek language kit. With languages supported directly by Apple you just choose the language as the very first step of the installation, and then all the installation process is in "your" language.
- As for contents and applications, there is Greek and there is Greek. Some of it is Unicode (the newer stuff) and some of it is in Mac encoding (the GRUpdate / Rainbow / Mac OS 9 stuff).
And some applications give their users a hard time too. Examples:
- Apparently even the newest Quark Xpress does not really work with Greek, despite claims of the company and the importer (Rainbow again).
- Adobe Applications seem to be better, but it's still a frequently asked question which versions work and how. And it's still a difference if fonts are for Unicode or for Mac encoding.
- My personal problem was with getting Greek to work in the Terminal. Gave me a hard time. I persisted and got it to work. I promise to write a howto sometimes.
- AppleWorks and other Carbon applications usually don't do Unicode Greek. The new iWorks Pages may go better, but that is another buy to make for people who bought an iMac or eMac.
My friend Spyros keeps bugging me with questions, while I keep bugging him to make the switch from 9 to X. And my friend Yorix tells me that many of the problems and questions are brought up again and again. A case for a FAQ. HelMUG - the greek Mac User Group is one of the information providers in the field of Mac OS X and Greek. But is it inpolite to make a call for a big FAQ on that topic?