Wednesday Jan 20, 2010

One Locale per Language in OpenSolaris LiveCD


One Locale per Language approach is one of the changes expected in the incoming release of OpenSolaris (OS 2010.03). This change is driven primarily by reducing the content delivered into LiveCD, so OpenSolaris can fit into CD space. Our goal was to reduce the stuff required by global users without any significant impact to such users.

There are 2 significant changes connected with this project:

  • Reducing the number of locales delivered with LiveCD
  • Reducing the number of languages for desktop (JDS)
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Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Monaco, Urdu and Switzerland ISO8859-15 locales

In the previous blogs ([1], [2]) I wrote about our locale workspace and how to work with the workspace.

This blog is lab how to add Monaco locale, Urdu (India) locale and one Switzerland locale with ISO8859-15 encoding to OpenSolaris 2009.06.

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Thursday Sep 10, 2009

Locale Creator on OpenSolaris

The goal of this project is to enable a user to create and customize their own OpenSolaris locale without requiring a high level of technical knowledge. The output of localectr is an installable IPS package containing number of binaries and other supporting files with the locale data information. After the installation fully working locale is created on the OpenSolaris system.

For detailed usage of the tool and proposed new features have a look at this page.


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Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

How the setlocale() works in OpenSolaris

Programs should respect locale specific way how to format date, time, numbers, how to sort strings, etc. People in different regions use different ways how to write such things and it is very confusing for them if you for example want write a date and write day, month and year in wrong order. Near all programs use for this functions from libc like strftime(3C), strcoll(3C), ...

The article is short overview how it works.

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Tuesday Dec 16, 2008

Participate in our Survey and win a free SUN T-shirt

As a part of a process of extending language/locale support in OpenSolaris we started to prioritize locales that are missing in OpenSolaris but are available on other systems. We already collected decent amount of data and now we would like to get input from you!

We also want to use this opportunity to find out what other globalization features (localization, translations, available encodings...) are important for you.

Survey


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Friday Oct 10, 2008

OpenSolaris: More Languages, More Regions...

Aiming to extend language support in Solaris and OpenSolaris, we just started a new OpenSolaris project called Locale Data. The target is to be at the same or even better level than Linux systems.

To clarify things, here is a definition of LOCALE -- The features of the user's environment that are dependent on language, country, and cultural conventions. The locale determines conventions such as sort order; date, time, number, and currency formats.

This project covers several different task related to locales in OpenSolaris. We are planning to add new locales, update and improve current ones as well as give you possibility to add your own. There's plenty of locales already supported, but we are still missing most of Africa, parts of Eastern Europe and others. So we decided to do something about that!

It is really easy to help even for people without technical background, so we hope to get an interest from the community. Come and check it out http://www.opensolaris.org/os/project/localedata/

 These are the countries we already have locale support for:

These are the countries we already have locale support for:

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