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installation of locales (particularly CJK locales) by the installer / tasksel

I have just tried the Sarge RC3 net installer. It is very smooth, free of glitch and straight forward. However the only criticism I have is that unlike the Fedora Anaconda installer, the Sarge RC3 installer does NOT ask for installation of locales. Therefore after installation, I have to take the trouble to take the following tedious steps manually in order to restore Chinese display, printing and input functions:

recreate the Chinese, Japanese and Korean locale by running dpkg-reconfigure locales

use synaptics to install Chinese fonts and postscript converters to allow display and printing of Asian characters

Use synaptics to Install SCIM/IIIMF to allow input of Asian characters

use synaptics to install appropriate locale packages of different programs, such as kde, openoffice, firefox

manually treak the configuration files (such as firefox) so that it can look up the correct fonts and print Chinese correctly)

manually treak the X windows configuration files so that it is aware of the existance of SCIM

These steps would require considerable knowledge of Linux and one simply CANNOT reasonbly expect a Linux newbie (even if he is already a computer expert) to be able to perform all these steps.

Also these steps could have been easily automated by tasksel in the installer, which can ask the locales to include in the operating system straight on the next screen after asking what software to install, as in what has been done in Anaconda in Fedora. Then tasksel can install and configure all the extra necessary packages to accomodate DISPLAYING, PRINTING and INPUT requirements of ALL of the selected locales AUTOMATICALLY and in a PAINLESS way.

This feature is essential for future versions of debian installer, otherwise people who also need non-English locales will be simply SCARED AWAY from Debian before realizing its strengths.


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