It seems my apache modules book is being translated into Chinese. I’m not quite sure what that really means, given that there are many chinese variants spoken over such a huge country, not to mention diaspora. But I guess it must be some reasonably universal mandarin, as English is to “the west”.
Anyway, my translator emailed, and asked if I’d like to contribute a preface for the chinese edition. Well, I guess I can say something about how thrilled and excited I am to be translated for such an important market: surely the biggest and fastest-growing outside the english-speaking world.
With a bit of luck, this might correlate with an increase in activity and contributions coming back to Apache from China. The language remains a barrier to free growth in the community, and I’ve no idea how much Apache community may already exist in China without announcing themselves to non-chinese-speakers. Let us hope that where mod_fcgid (a popular, widely-used module from China) has led, others will follow.