This list displays the 40 most complete language localizations in the Gnome 2.8 desktop as of January, 2005. All of these localization projects are more than 80% complete. Note the presence of Basque, a language of only 588,000 speakers1,
and Welsh with only 580,000 speakers.
Also note the presence of Indonesian. The internet was introduced into Indonesia in 1994, and internet penetration in Indonesia in 2000 was only about 0.1%2.
Now let's take a look at the KDE project ...
1. All statistics on the number of speakers of various languages are based on data obtained from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Universal Declaration of Human Rights web pages at http://www.unhcr.ch/udhr/navigate/alpha.htm.
2. Zuraida Boerhandoeddin, E-Commerce in Indonesia, http://www.isoc.org/inet2000/cdproceedings/7c/7c_3#s2.