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It seems to me that the main idea behind slackware was stability and security, but it seems asian/arabic language support wasnt a priority.
To begin with, none of the available browsers can read any arabic page, instead what you get is....just squares and tiles. I have KDE internationalizations and konqueror which was still ineffective. I dont know any other way to takle to problem of opening up arabic pages. It would be nice for anyone who has been faced with a similar problem that may be web or nonweb related to give me a helping hand.
Well, to be accurate, I knew I didnt have the fonts installed, but I was counting on mozilla or firefox to at least have some sort of very BASIC font with it, but I guess they just dont pack a basic font with it. Well, it would be tiresome to pack fonts for all the unicode languages.
If you said the rendering was an issue... then I would be with you because Indic fonts aren't rendered properly with base Firefox renderer. But if you don't have the font... how can you expect Firefox to get it for you.
Well, despite the fact that I got it to work, and I can finally read non-english pages. A questions is...Does firefox come with fonts if any? and if it does, why not pack indic fonts? Atleast very small ones, or as a different but parallel package?