Since we’re on a politics rant in #linux and ArsLinux… Did you know that English is the OFFICIAL language of the People’s Republik of Kalifornia? It’s true! There’s no way you could tell nowadays, though - look at our election ballots, state forms, signs at the DMV, billboards, etc… they are all in at least two languages, and usually in about four languages. (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and one other I can’t remember.)
For those who doubt this; check it out, from the state’s own website about the state constitution. I’ll even make it easy, and snip out the pertinent section:
CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 3 STATE OF CALIFORNIA SEC. 6. (a) Purpose. English is the common language of the people of the United States of America and the State of California. This section is intended to preserve, protect and strengthen the English language, and not to supersede any of the rights guaranteed to the people by this Constitution. (b) English as the Official Language of California. English is the official language of the State of California. (c) Enforcement. The Legislature shall enforce this section by appropriate legislation. The Legislature and officials of the State of California shall take all steps necessary to insure that the role of English as the common language of the State of California is preserved and enhanced. The Legislature shall make no law which diminishes or ignores the role of English as the common language of the State of California.
I find it hard to believe that the state isn’t undertaking the effort to “preserve, protect, and strengthen the English language”, but I guess that any state that’d over pay Oracle wouldn’t actually follow the state constitution.