1. Choosing your Language
The first step
is to choose the language in which the installation will take place.
Figure 2.1. Choosing the Default
Open the tree relative to
the continent you live on, then choose your language. Your language
choice will affect the installer, the documentation, and the system
Use the list
accessible through the button to select other languages to be
installed on your workstation, thereby installing the
language-specific files for system documentation and
UTF-8 (unicode) support: Unicode is a
character encoding intended to cover all existing
languages. However full support for Linux is still
under development. For that reason, Mandriva Linux's use of
UTF-8 depends on your choice:
If you choose a
language with a strong legacy encoding (latin1 languages,
Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Greek, Turkish, and most
iso-8859-2 languages), the legacy encoding will be used by
Other languages use
Unicode by default.
install two or more languages, and those languages don't use the
same encoding, then Unicode is used for the whole system.
Finally, Unicode can
also be forced for use throughout the system at a user's request
by selecting the Use Unicode by default
option independently of which languages have been chosen.
you're not limited to choosing a single additional language. You
may choose several, or even install them all by selecting the
All languages option. Selecting support for a
language means translations, fonts, spell checkers, etc. are also
installed for that language. Make sure you select all languages
which are likely to be useful on the machine now, because it may
be difficult to configure support for languages you didn't choose
at install time later on.
To switch between the various
languages installed on your system, you can launch the
localedrake command as root to change
the language used by the entire system. Running the command as a
regular user only changes the language settings for that particular