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Linux.com: Controlling your Locale with Environment Variables

May 03, 2006, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"People all over the world use Linux in dozens of languages. Since Linux's source code is free and open, speakers of minority languages can add support for their languages themselves, even though a large corporation might not consider them a worthwhile market. If you use more than one language, or a language other than English, you should know about Linux's use of locales to support different languages. Indeed, understanding locales can be useful even if you only use English.

"You choose your locale by setting environment variables. Different variables control different things..."

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