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Old 07-24-2008, 11:45 AM   #1
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Completely Arabic Linux


I am searching for Arabic linux. By Completely Arabic linux I mean also traslated LC_MESSAGES for base commands, like cp, man, rm etc.
Man pages in arabic and so on.

Does anybody knows?

If yes a link whould be great,

Thanks. شكرا
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I've always wondered if people who use totally non-latin character sets, like Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic do this... I look forward to knowing.
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The first address I think would be ("the arabic unix project").

Wether or not your system may be entirely in arabic depends on the application itself - it might be internationalized nicely for one language, but maybe not for another.

When it comes to (displaying) manpages, it might get worse, not all Unicode ranges are supported by groff as far as I know.

In principle, _typing_ arabic works rather well - the cursor switches correctly to the left side and all KDE and Gnome and Xfce applications support bidi nicely (the last time I tried and that was 3 years ago, it can only get better ). Firefox 3 for example distinguishes its back and forward button for left to right and right to left languages.

So, in short: Displaying and typing and printing works rather well, but when it comes to messages and translations, it highly depends.

Try setting LANG to your preferred arabic encoding (there are several - egyptian, syrian, yemenite... - "locale -a | grep ar" will tell you.) and compare.


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