Inadequate locale settings

Bug #1373663 reported by nadrimajstor on 2014-09-24
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This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubiquity (Ubuntu)
High
Unassigned

Bug Description

Description: Ubuntu Utopic Unicorn (development branch)
Release: 14.10
ubiquity: 2.19.8

Choosing English language at the beginning of installation and accepting all default options I expect to have a system with all of the default locale options (system-wide) set to `en_US.UTF-8`.

At the moment, installer sets the strange mishmash of options:
`cat /etc/default/locale`
LANG="en_US.UTF-8"
LC_NUMERIC="sr_RS"
LC_TIME="sr_RS"
LC_MONETARY="sr_RS"
LC_PAPER="sr_RS"
LC_NAME="sr_RS"
LC_ADDRESS="sr_RS"
LC_TELEPHONE="sr_RS"
LC_MEASUREMENT="sr_RS"
LC_IDENTIFICATION="sr_RS"
a) Locale settings and time zone settings are not the same i.e. I do expect to have correct local time zone (Europe/Belgrade). However I had choose English language at the beginning not Serbian. Hence I expect to have English locale applied system-wide.
(It happens to be that I do read Cyrillic but someone else might not.)
b) Setting aside first issue IMHO using `sr_RS` instead of `sr_RS.UTF-8` is a poor choice and also produces some unexpected behavior (e.g. having strange chars appearing in the apt-get's output)

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.10
Package: ubiquity (not installed)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.16.0-17.23-generic 3.16.3
Uname: Linux 3.16.0-17-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.14.7-0ubuntu2
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Thu Sep 25 00:35:57 2014
InstallCmdLine: file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.lz quiet splash -- maybe-ubiquity
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-09-24 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" - Alpha amd64 (20140923)
SourcePackage: ubiquity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

nadrimajstor (ipejic) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Rik Shaw (rik-shaw) wrote :

Agreed that there should be an option in Ubiquity to choose your locale.

I am a US citizen in Ethiopia currently, so when I install here, even though I choose "English (US)" as my keyboard, when I first login to the system, my locale is Ethiopia and the system language is Amharic! I don't read Fidel well, so can barely get around to change to English!

Whenever a person is in a location that is not their home (an "expat") they will likely prefer to NOT use the local locale (except for system time!)

Furthermore, even Ethiopian people often prefer English, as it is the international langauge and there is no Amharic Microsoft Windows, so they are familiar with English Microsoft Windows.

In summary, giving the user an easy way to set their locale (at least default system language) is essential in Ubiquity.

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
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