Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 02-08-2006, 03:56 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2003
Distribution: Slackware Debian VectorLinux
Posts: 429
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 30
Internation Language Support


I am trying to configure my Linux to support other languages, such as french or hebrew. I have searched around the internet, and I have found confusing and cryptic information. I would like to supply the following functionality:

1. text console to support keyboard, font, and file system in other languages
2. x-server to support keyboard and fonts
3. desktops (specifically xcfe and fluxbox -kde already provides support) in other languages

I know that you've got iocharsets, codepages, locales, PO files, but I have no idea how what they do or how they intergrate between each other.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. (I have old systems that are needed in a foreign country)

Old 03-01-2006, 09:45 AM   #2
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Vancouver BC
Distribution: LFS, SLak, Gentoo, Debian
Posts: 291

Rep: Reputation: 36
1) install the locales for each language you want to support.
2) install keyboard maps for each language*
3) install the charsets for each language
4) set system to default to unicode [ utf-8 ]
unicode has support for most charsets designed into it, but it still needs the charset for the language(s) to display the characters.

* this is an optional step, it allows the user to swap the keyboard mapping so that it fits the keyboard layout for the locale / language they are using.

then in the desktop personalisation settings areas, chck to make sute that the languages are available, and install them into active status.
Old 03-01-2006, 09:55 AM   #3
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Israel
Distribution: Windows Xp, Slackware
Posts: 316
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 30
I had problem with that until I installed fonts by my own I really think that it's up to the language you try to install.
Old 03-01-2006, 10:12 AM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: New Delhi, India
Distribution: Fedora 7
Posts: 1,305

Rep: Reputation: 45
I don't think that you will be able to work in the console in your language. I mean, sure vi can be used to write text in french etc. but the command still need to be the same.

ls remains ls, vi remains vi and so on. So, turning on the local language and then turning it back off to write the commands in english is something you'd need to think about.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
all language support in X apikoros Linux - Software 0 11-22-2005 03:45 AM
Language Support BattousaiX Linux - Newbie 3 07-03-2004 03:43 PM
Language support nojha Linux - Software 2 10-25-2003 12:38 AM
Language Support mikeshn Linux - General 2 06-26-2003 11:36 PM
language support UNIX Linux - Newbie 1 12-07-2002 07:32 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:13 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration