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Old 02-08-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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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, 08:45 AM   #2
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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, 08:55 AM   #3
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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, 09:12 AM   #4
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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.


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