Unity8 only available in English on Desktop

Bug #1674931 reported by Víctor R. Ruiz on 2017-03-22
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Canonical System Image
ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu)
unity8 (Ubuntu)
unity8-desktop-session (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Test case.
- Launch Unity8 session on Zesty.
- Open System Settings > Language & Text.
- Go to Display Language.

Expected result.
- Unity8 can be switched to other languages.

Actual result.
- Only English language is available.

Tested in Zesty + Unity8-deb.

Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :

The problem is we're not seeding the right language packs...

Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: unity8-desktop
Michał Sawicz (saviq) on 2017-03-23
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
milestone: none → u8c-2
Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :

After a bit of discourse:
* whatever language packs are preinstalled on ISOs need to include .mos for whatever's on the ISO (unity8, ubuntu-system-settings etc.)
* system settings app needs to list all languages and install language packs (and OSK layouts, if ubuntu-keyboard itself is installed?) on demand
* <dobey> seems to me it would be easier/better to just get rid of langpacks :)

Changed in unity8-desktop-session (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in ubuntu-system-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
dobey (dobey) wrote :

As a workaround, you need to install "language-package-gnome-XX" for the language you want (or use the language-selector-gtk tool to do it for you). Then the language should be available in Unity8 system-settings.

The only "pre-installed" language pack for the ISO is I think English, and whatever language you select in the installer.

To make a decision about getting rid of langpacks (which really, is going to basically be necessary for snaps anyway), we need an analysis of size difference in packages and how much extra disk space would be used by having all the translations for all default apps, always installed. And to convince Ubuntu Release Team and maybe Tech Board to get it done.

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