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Old 02-04-2006, 02:34 PM   #1
Henri de Solages
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Changing system language


Hello !

Is there a way to change Mandrakelinux default language (for instance the language used by Mandrakelinux control center) without reinstalling the O.S.?
I use Mandrakelinux 10.0 .

Thank you in advance.
 
Old 02-04-2006, 07:14 PM   #2
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If you have installed the default KDE desktop theres the KDE control centre. Under the accessibility menu, theres the country/region/language option - though to get the language you want (presumably french ??) you may have to install the accompanying language packages for documentation for some applications as well - kde should have french language packages as should open office and many others.

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Old 02-06-2006, 04:26 AM   #3
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I have done it already: KDE language changed, but Mandrake control center language didn't.
When I installed the O.S., I chose Mongolian (cyrillic alphabet) as main language, and a few secondary languages, including French and English. But now I have to give this computer to an ignoramus who doesn't know a word of Mongolian.
 
Old 02-06-2006, 04:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Henri de Solages
I have done it already: KDE language changed, but Mandrake control center language didn't.
When I installed the O.S., I chose Mongolian (cyrillic alphabet) as main language, and a few secondary languages, including French and English. But now I have to give this computer to an ignoramus who doesn't know a word of Mongolian.
Hum? curious. I should have thought that it would have changed the language system wide. I don't recall is there is anything else you can change like in the main Mandrake control centre (as opposed to the KDE one) or not.

Worse case scenario, well you could just re-install the distro straight over the top. Select the language(s) that the ignoramus does understand, but maybe the Mongolian/cyrillic alphbet support as secondary, just incase you have to play with the system again?

Sorry my friend, thats about all I can think of. I'm lucky. Being a lazy Brit, most others seem to want to learn English, so I does save the inconvenience of having to learn any other "speaks"!

maybe someone else might know and have a better suggestion.

regards

John
 
Old 02-08-2006, 12:28 PM   #5
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I replaced "mn" by "fr" and "MN" by "FR" in /sys/config/i18n :
now, everything is OK for my account.
But, when I connect to Mandrake (KDE) as Root, things are still in cyrillic Mongolian. I tried to used KDE control center from there, and encountered a bug...
An alternative to reinstalling the distro would be to set a second Mongolian empire, so that people would "spontaneously" learn Mongolian, as many did in the 13th century.

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Old 02-10-2006, 05:40 PM   #6
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I replaced "mn" by "fr" and "MN" by "FR" in /sys/config/i18n :
now, everything is OK for my account.
But, when I connect to Mandrake (KDE) as Root, things are still in cyrillic Mongolian. I tried to used KDE control center from there, and encountered a bug...
An alternative to reinstalling the distro would be to set a second Mongolian empire, so that people would "spontaneously" learn Mongolian, as many did in the 13th century.
Ah! but how can you definitively say that during the 13th century the "residents" of Mongolia spoke mongolian, rather than that of one of the close neighbours? i.e. some form of earlier Chinese dialect ??

Anyway, don't forget, any changes to the user account will only affect the user account. I'd guess that the changes that you made would have to be made in root to be system wide.

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