"Like other operating systems, GNU/Linux is starting to add
increased support for international characters. The support is
spotty in places, and varies between systems because of differences
in keyboards, distributions, fonts, and program support. Even so,
if you make a few configuration changes, you can use the keyboard
to enter the characters for dozens of languages with only a few
"Character encodings are usually called locales. The first
locales were based on ASCII, originally a 128-character table
created for modern English. ASCII was later expanded to 256
characters in order to support other European languages..."
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