Re: Must debian-installer use iso-codes package when choosing country?
Dé Domh, 2004-04-04 ag 02:53 +0200, scríobh Frans Pop:
> I really think that using the 'really' short names (that is just plain Taiwan
> instead of Taiwan, P.. of C..) would not be a bad compromise despite what the
> official so called short UN names say.
Agreed the "official short names" are ugly ;
eg. "LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC", "LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA" for
those countries normally called "Laos" and "Libya". However, sometimes
the short version is the problem too: eg. do we allow
"MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF", to be shortened to
"Macedonia"? I'm sure the Greeks won't agree to that ...
> After all, isn't Linux for a large part about being "free" as in "able to
> choose for yourselves" which is what Taiwan has been trying to to for the
> past decades.
Ironically, one of the main reasons I created the iso-codes package is
to allow this; if someone wanted to create "Kurdish Linux" and add
Kurdistan as a territory, then they would only have 1 list to override
or correct on Linux, rather than n separate lists of countries and
(But I don't want to fork Debian over this issue :-( )
> I think the really short names are often a lot more politically neutral than
> the semi-official names in iso-3166.
The countries in question have used the list to make their own political
points; but the problem is that Debian deciding to change some names and
not others is no longer being neutral.
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