Re: suggestions for improvement
Jonathan Walther writes:
> No. Consider the case of America and Canada. They share 5
> timezones between them, but differ in the default dictionaries that
> are appropriate. Too much work for too little gain. However, if
> you make a nice patch and submit it to the maintainer of the
> "dictionary" package, perhaps it will get in.
Fair enough; probably the timezone is the wrong place to start. But
given a bit of geographic information, you can guess sensible defaults
or in some cases fixed values for a number of things:
* locale settings (language, number formats, currency, ...)
* dictionary packages to install
* usenet hierarchies to feed (de.* in German-speaking places, etc.)
* ISPs that one might want to connect to
* choice of dialup software/hardware (e.g. UUCP is more popular in
some places than others, ditto ISDN, some places have cable modems
and others don't, ...)
* mirror site to use for updates (or even for the initial install,
for users with cheap bandwidth)
* whether to offer certain software for install (crypto is still
illegal in some countries, other countries may have patent problems
with some software, &c).
Some of these are probably less useful to think about than others.
However I'm sure there's lots of other things that vary in a fairly
predictable fashion from place to place.