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Internationalization and you
Question: How do I fix the 'wierd' characters when I view a
text window in Red Hat Linux 8.0?
Answer: The answer is in the documentation
The Open Source / Free Software development community have been building,
and the Red Hat Linux and other major Linux, BSD and 'big-iron' Unix
distributions shipping a suite of tools for years. Some of these
changes are becomeing visible to the end user. The new features support a
global user community with local native language *nix applications.
-- here is what you need to know about to ease the transition.
Longer Answer:The "wierd" characters in Red Hat Linux 8.0 are a result
of 'I18N' -- Internationalization -- efforts in the
global Open Source and Free Software development
community. Initially some parts of the end user community in the
"Slashdot' geek techie crowd were in an uproar,
because 'Red Hat broke stuff again' in Red Hat Linux 8.0 without
This turns out not to be the case.
The 'quick fix' is to ask your system administrator to
as indicated, and log out and back in. A deeper answer follows:
Really Long Answer:Conspiracy theories aside, this turns out
not to be the case. In a 'new install', no problems are present. In
an 'upgrade' circumstance
or in the case of a user who has not read the release notes.
Here is a copy of 'RELEASE-NOTES-i386'
online. A copy is also on your local host at:
The transition and usage issues are discussed down in the section marked
Distribution General Notes. The release notes for the last few
preceeding releases are also present, for there are real 'nuggets'
of golden tips on what has changed, and how to work more effectively.
Anyway, these files also accompany every installation.
There will be 'issues' when instructions are not followed. That section
even has as its first notation:
* Red Hat Linux now installs using UTF-8 (Unicode) locales
by default in languages other than Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.
This has been known to cause various issues:
Another common lament is that Adobe Acrobat reader will not run properly --
one fix is to start it from a console thus:
env LANG=C acroread
But I don't want this stuff on my computer, you say.
We understand, but many of the really leading edge applications which people
are clamouring for at the application X-desktop are developed by the
international group of volunteers comprising the 'Open Source / Free
Software' development comminuty. It is hardly reasonable to expect these
volunteers to design, build, maintain and enhance a product which does not
work fully is their local language.
We make this available for non-commercial and individual use.
Please respect our copyright, and consider contacting us for
all your Open Source and *nix design, architect / systems analysis, and
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