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Bug#261929: Can't use tasksel to install multi l10n tasks

1. Using tasksel simplifies the installation of many packages through
tasks... It seems that you don't want to let the users select their
tasks by them self (except for several task as desktop and a few
servers). Please let people the option to choose which i18n & l10n
packages they want.

Can't you imagine someone wishes to install both German and Arabic
fonts or Turkish with northern fonts? And I don't even mention countries
which have dual official languages (Israel has both Hebrew and Arabic).

2. "Shouldn't a normal Debian user be able to use at least one package
installation tool?"
If the answer is yes, whey do you use tasksel to install a desktop or a
web server? Can't you do that with apt-get?
The answer is that using tasksel simplifies the process, and saves the
need to check extra packages for installation.

Why wouldn't you give this option to a person who wishes to have i18n &
l10n? Is using l10n task *that* different from a web server task?

3. Also - I which to have a single language support, but I don't want to
use that language as the interface. Example: I work with English
interface (locale: en_US.UTF-8) but had to install the packages for
Hebrew support (fonts and some common packages).

That is we (=Hebrew speakers) wished for the Hebrew task, so people
could install all the packages related to Hebrew. But according to your
way of selecting the tasks, I must work with he_IL.UTF8 for get that
task installed.

bottom line - let the people choose whatever tasks they want to.

Waiting for you comments.

Thanks for the work on tasksel!

Per Olofsson wrote:
Lior Kaplan:

During the installation process, tasksel is shown and not aptitude.
Aptitude can be reached, but is described as an expert only tool. I don't expect the normal user to use aptitude. But I do expect him
 to be able to install multi l10n tasks.

But the installation process is supposed to be simple and not ask questions which most users are not interested in. I think that most normal users don't need to install multiple language tasks. And even if the installation process offered to install multiple language tasks, there's still only one locale generated.

If a normal user can't use aptitude, maybe she can use synaptic or similar? Shouldn't a normal Debian user be able to use at least one package installation tool?



Lior Kaplan

Debian GNU/Linux unstable (SID)

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