How I localize Slackware
I think it's high time to create a small HOWTO on How to localize Slackware.
Add posts about your language to help others.
This post is about Russian language.
This works in Slackware10.x.
I localize my system to KOI8-R, because mc which I use sometimes, doesn't understand UTF-8. And just because KOI8-R really rocks!
First, I made a script to localize system:
Ok, now console and X undestand Russian very well. But I have some Windows partitions and want to be able to see correct Russian filenames there. (I have FAT32 for Windows to be able to write from Linux, but it shouldn't make any difference)
CD-ROMS and floppies may be with Russian filenames as well.
I edit /etc/fstab like this:
Also I use kernel 2.4.x, while in 2.6.x "iocharset" option is deprecated and you should use smth like "nls" (see FAT32 and NTFS sections of "man mount" for more info).
And lastly, when I was using KDE (now I'm using XFCE ;) ) I had to:
1) select System Admin -> Font Installer in Control Center (yeah, just select);
2) add Russian language in Regional & Accesibility -> Country / Region & Language.
That should be enough to feel yourself like a real Russian Linux user ;)
...this sounds like a very nice and clean way to do it ... too bad I am having this localization
problem with Hellenic alphabet. All the HOWTOs I 've collected from the internet are very poor or oudated and seem to fix problem partially!
Wish I was russian for a change!
I think your post will help me though in going about the hellenic localization!
Thank you very much for such detailed instructions. I have a followup question.
What do I to do if I don't want to "localize" my box to Russian. I.e. I live in US I am pretty happy how the date is displayed. What if I just want to be able to view Russian webpages in various encodings in FireFox? Right now I can only use statically linked netscape to do that (which by the way tells me that X11 sees the russian fonts). For a while konquerror was allowing me to do that. I use 10.2 now (stock, no tweaks). What should I do to be able to view Russian webpages using recently installed FireFox 220.127.116.11, or Mozilla, or Konquerror?
I cleared the contents of /etc/profile.d/lang.sh, rebooted and got what you want.
So you can try to simply copy TTF fonts from (I didn't mention, but I have russian Windows version, so fonts are probably russified) Windows fonts directory.
Or try that Unicode font suggested by Alien Bob.
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