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2 The User’s View

Nowadays, when users log into a computer, they usually find that all their programs show messages in their native language – at least for users of languages with an active free software community, like French or German; to a lesser extent for languages with a smaller participation in free software and the GNU project, like Hindi and Filipino.

How does this work? How can the user influence the language that is used by the programs? This chapter will answer it.

System Installation:    Questions During Operating System Installation
Setting the GUI Locale:    How to Specify the Locale Used by GUI Programs
Setting the POSIX Locale:    How to Specify the Locale According to POSIX
Working in a Windows console:    Obtaining good output in a Windows console
Installing Localizations:    How to Install Additional Translations