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Bug#872867: is ISO-3166 really the optimal list for our users?

On 22/08/17 10:52, Bastian Blank wrote:
On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 12:28:18AM +0200, Daniel Pocock wrote:
According to this section in the Debian Installer i18n guide[1], the
list of countries is based on ISO3166.
Kosovo is listed in ISO3166 as RS-KM, see

However we don't list subdivisions.

I'm not sure adding support for subdivisions would satisfy Debian users in some of these situations but it could be one part of the solution.

According to wikipedia, ISO3166 comes from a group of 10
representatives[2] from mostly rich countries.
Most of them from countries actually reognizing Kosovo as independent,
so what?

While it is good that we use material from official sources, Debian is independent of any state and may not need to feel constrained by such lists/standards in the same way that a commercial software vendor might be.

It may be interesting to support micronations like the Principality of
Hutt River[5] too.
This one is not recognized by anyone.

Please let the peolpe of Kosovo speak for themselves.

Well, when somebody in Kosovo set up a new mirror, they listed[1] it under AL (Albania) rather than RS (Serbia).



1. https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=867255

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