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Language will be indicated by scrolllock, and you can toggle language by pressing right "windows" key, or two shifts together. Restart X after modifications.
5) In KDE control center, go to "Regional and Accessibility"->"Country/Region & Language". Press "add language", select russian language, and place it first in list.
6) if you are mounting windows volumes (fat32/ntfs), make sure they use correct codepage or locale.
I am assuming, of course, that you don't want to set up the system totally in russian. If you do, then you should check out how to change the locale.
If you don't want to change system completely to russian, then
1) Add section to xorg.conf, as mentioned before.
2) Set /etc/rc.d/rc.keymap and /etc/rc.d/rc.font as I've mentioned before.
3) setup fstab as mentioned before
4) Set system locale (/etc/profile.d/lang.sh) to this:
# Set the system locale. (no, we don't have a menu for this ;-)
# For a list of locales which are supported by this machine, type:
# locale -a
# en_US is the Slackware default locale:
This is required, because otherwise KDE might select incorrect encoding for filenames (ISO-8whatever encoding, which no one ever uses).
System messages will be in english, but you'll have russian support.
Unfortunately with this configuration some programs will still detect your locale in russian and print russian text (Qt4 programs). You might even try something like en_US.KOI8-R, but some programs won't understand it.
I have a question that I think pertains here.
I want to use emacs without X, i.e. in the console only and write utf8 encoded cyrillic text (Bulgarian to be precise). Is there a way to achieve that?
In the Changes and Hints file there was something about enabling utf8 console, probably that is what I should do, but Patrick warns that there is some danger of misinterpretation of some commands. So can I achieve my goal without running into this risk? I wish I could leave everything in english on my machine, I just want to write in console emacs in utf8 Bulgarian.