r551 - x86/branches/utf8/doc

alexander at linuxfromscratch.org alexander at linuxfromscratch.org
Thu Aug 4 18:52:54 PDT 2005

Author: alexander
Date: 2005-08-04 19:52:53 -0600 (Thu, 04 Aug 2005)
New Revision: 551

Updated README (draft)

Modified: x86/branches/utf8/doc/README
--- x86/branches/utf8/doc/README	2005-08-04 15:43:17 UTC (rev 550)
+++ x86/branches/utf8/doc/README	2005-08-05 01:52:53 UTC (rev 551)
@@ -1,5 +1,4 @@
 This is version [version] of the official Linux From Scratch LiveCD.
-Built on [build-date].
@@ -15,18 +14,18 @@
 * wget (command line file retriever)
 * curl (command line file retriever)
 * lynx (text web browser)
-* links (text web browser)
+* w3m (text web browser)
 * irssi (console irc client)
 * firefox (graphical web browser)
 * xchat (x-based irc client)
-* msmtp (SMTP client for use with mutt and slrn)
+* msmtp (SMTP client for use with mutt and tin)
 * mutt (console mail and news reader)
 * thunderbird (graphical mail and news reader)
-* slrn (console news reader)
+* tin (console news reader)
 Text Editors
 * vim
-* nano
+* nano (unstable version)
 * joe
 Network Tools
@@ -63,10 +62,9 @@
 doesn't support 24-bit color depth.
 You still have to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf using vim, joe or nano in order to
-configure the keyboard layout and available video modes (otherwise the US
-English keyboard layout and the highest resolution with 60 Hz refresh rate
-will be used). Instructions for doing that are found in the BLFS book, under
-the section Configuring Xorg:
+configure the available video modes (otherwise the highest resolution with
+60 Hz refresh rate will be used). Instructions for doing that are found in
+the BLFS book, under the section Configuring Xorg:
@@ -74,7 +72,7 @@
 NOTE: The default Window Manager is xfce which is intutive and graphically
 pleasing. If you prefer something more minimal, edit the file ~/.xinitrc to
-read 'exec ion' or 'exec twm'.
+read 'exec ion -i18n' or 'exec twm'.
@@ -129,6 +127,48 @@
     Configure a known static IP address there, as described in the LFS book,
     section "7.12. Configuring the network Script".
+It is possible to specify the locale using the bootloader prompt, like this:
+  linux LANG=es_ES.ISO-8859-1
+The CD tries to guess the proper screen font and keymap based on this
+Alternatively, these items can be configured interactively using dialog-based
+interface if the locale is not specified on the boot prompt.
+By default, the Euro character is not added to the keymap. You can add it
+manually later in non-UTF-8 locales by typing:
+  loadkeys euro
+(this will put the Euro sign and Eurocent to Alt+E and Alt+C, respectively)
+  loadkeys euro1
+(this will put the Euro sign and Eurocent to AltGr+5 and AltGr+C, respectively)
+  loadkeys euro2
+(this will put the Euro sign and Eurocent to AltGr+E and AltGr+C, respectively)
+For some locales (e.g. lv_LV.ISO-8859-13) there is no valid console keymap,
+but there is a keymap for X. In this case, the only solution is to use X.
+Languages that need special input method software (e.g. Chinese, Japanese
+and Korean) are not supported yet.
+While this CD configures the LANG environment variable, console font and
+keymap for you, it's your responsibility to configure other locale-dependent
+parameters manually. You may want to configure character sets for SAMBA in
+/etc/samba/smb.conf, and to explicitly specify the "iocharset" and "codepage"options when mounting filesystems with Windows origin (e.g., vfat and isofs).
+The CD contains TrueType fonts that cover the orthography of most of European
+languages. No additional configuration is required in order to use them.
 Special thanks to Alexander Patrakov, Andrew Sanch, Archaic, Matthew Burgess,

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