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

On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 06:46:15PM +0200, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> On 24/08/17 18:02, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > Case in point: why would Kosovo *need* to be on the d-i list of
> > countries? Is there a difference between Kosovo and Serbia[1] or other
> > countries in the former Yugoslavia that d-i would need to be aware of
> > (such as locale settings, keyboard layout, time zone, or preferred
> > mirror), or is this bug in fact just the result of people with a
> > background of Kosovan nationalist ideology complaining about it to
> > you[2]? So far I've only seen you argue that "Kosovo needs to be on the
> Another consideration is the uncertainty:  for many ordinary users (not
> necessarily people with strong political opinions) it is simply not
> clear what the technical consequences will be if they select RS or AL
> from the list.  Simply abolishing the list and asking people to manually
> select a timezone may be one way to eliminate this uncertainty.
> About 50% of the population is under 30[1] - many of them presumably
> have no memory of being a Serbian or Yugoslavian, they have simply been
> brought up as Kosovans.  This is also the age group where people are
> likely to try free software.  I haven't observed any Kosovan taking up
> arms when they see the country list, rather, it is more sadness,
> disappointment and frustration.

This (and the explanation in your other email) are both good reasons why
adding Kosovo to the list of places is a good idea, and again, I'm not
opposed to that. I'm simply wary of setting a precedent in what is
intrinsically a very sensitive subject.

Could you people please use IRC like normal people?!?

  -- Amaya Rodrigo Sastre, trying to quiet down the buzz in the DebConf 2008

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