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4.4. Internationalization

This section includes information on language support in Fedora.

4.4.1. Fonts New Chinese font
The default font for Simplified Chinese is now WQY Zenhei. Lohit Devanagari
The new Lohit Devanagari font replaces the previous separate Lohit fonts for Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Marathi, and Nepali. Any distinct glyphs for these languages needed in the future can be handled in Lohit Devanagari with Open Type Font locl tags. New Arabic script fonts
New Arabic script fonts from Paktype are available: paktype-ajrak, paktype-basic-naskh-farsi, paktype-basic-naskh-sindhi, paktype-basic-naskh-urdu, and paktype-basic-naskh-sa.

4.4.2. IBus

Fedora 13 ships with IBus 1.3.
IBus (Intelligent Input Bus) is an input framework for Linux that provides a full-featured and user-friendly user interface for input methods. Updates to IBus in Fedora 13 include: General
  • IBus now supports a global shared input method mode for all applications: the default is still to use separate contexts.
  • IBus supports showing the languagebar in the status icon menu.
  • The new ibus-fbterm package provides IBus support in the fbterm framebuffer console.
  • The new ibus-xkbc package provides some support for X keyboard layouts. Chinese
  • ibus-pinyin engine has been reimplemented in C++ with improved performance of fuzzy pinyin.
  • ibus-table-quick was merged into ibus-table-cangjie, and new tables added for Smart Cangjie 6, Quick (classic), and Easy (Big).
  • ibus-chewing is fixed for Dvorak and Hsu support. Japanese
  • ibus-anthy now supports:
    • preferences of symbol style and conversion mode.
    • Thumb Shift NICOLA-J, NICOLA-F and NICOLA-A layouts.
    • dictionary customization of the default personal dictionary and extended personal dictionaries.
  • The new ibus-skk package adds support for the Simple Kana-to-Kanji (SKK) input method. Korean
  • ibus-hangul engine now supports Romaja style input for Western users.

4.4.3. Automatic installation of language packs

A number of large suite-type packages, such as, Eclipse, and KDE, package their translated content separately as langpacks due to size issues. Now with the langpack plugin, when yum detects that a langpack is needed and available for a package the user requests, yum automatically downloads and installs the langpack as well. The user no longer needs to specifically request installation of language support for these types of suites. In the future it will be possible to extend this support further throughout the distribution. Refer to for details.

4.4.4. Glibc Locales and Collation

The following locales for glibc (the GNU C Library) have been added or updated in Fedora 13:
  • kok_IN (Konkani Language locale for India: around 3.6 million speakers) for Devanagari script added.
  • ps_AF (Pashto Language locale for Afghanistan: around 35.5 million speakers) added.
  • collation for Tamil and Assamese is now available in all locales.

4.4.5. GDM

GDM now reloads i18n files when users log out.