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From: Jackey Yang <jackey.yang@...>
Subject: Re: GLI Missed set locale for non-English spoken users
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 19:38:39 -0300

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Subject: Re: [gentoo-installer] GLI Missed set locale for non-English spoken 
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Date: Tuesday 26 April 2005 14:36
From: Jackey Yang <043936y@...>
To: gentoo-installer@g.o

On Tuesday 26 April 2005 11:36, Christopher Hotchkiss wrote:
> On 4/26/05, Jackey Yang <jackey.yang@...> wrote:
> > Hi Guys,
> > Introduce myself first, I am a core developer of Magic Linux (Chinese
> > Linux
> > Distribution). I use Gentoo all the time myself and enjoy it.
>
>  Well welcome to the project. Just for your information if you want to get
> a hold of the developers quickly, it is best to use irc, server
> irc.freenode.net <http://irc.freenode.net> on channel #gentoo-installer.
>
>  1. GLI seems missing a step to set locale and XIM input method, which is
>
> > very
> > important for non-English spoken people. Sure, you can set it yourself
> > like
> > what I did. But for GLI, is that suppose to be taken care automatically?
>
>  The GLI is designed to have a frontend and a backend. Right now the only
> frontends we have written are done by english speaking developers. As such,
> to be honest there hasn't been much work done in the realm of translations.
> However before GLI is released to users, those layers will be added.

About translation, i think we can help. Magic Linux (MGC or ML) provides KDE
official zh_CN translation. I knew couple guys in Gentoo CJK group, should be
no problem to get CJK translation done. It looks that GLI is using pygtk, so
all CJK translation supposes to be saved using UTF8 (like official KDE). I do
not see any problem to support multiple languages in GLI.

> 2. Reiserfs ans XFT support. We developed our own installer called Magic
>
> > Installer(very close to GLI), which support Reiserfs (even Reiserfs4) and
> > XFT
> > for partition. Since I haven't spend much time on GLI, i would like to
> > try to
> > solve this problem for GLI in the future.
>
>  We will welcome all the code contributions. For the partitioning code, be
> sure to talk with the developers on irc concerning that. It has gone
> through quite a few revisions recently.

Here is some features about MI:
1. Python, pytgk for GUI
2. Multiple languages support
3. Reiserfs, ext3 and xft support
4. MagicBooter supports to install system from local harddrive, network.
5. X configuration
6. SATA/SCSI support
7. Build iso automatically, you can tell it to split into CDRs (700M) or DVDR
(4.7G)
.....
Of course, MI is very picky and has some wired problems.
Since it is an RPM-based stuff, it must run on Fedora 1 (nothing else).
 Pretty much, everytime we want to release a new version, have to build it on
 Fedora 1. MagicBooter actually uses old uclibc (the one still has c
 compile), so it does not support 2.6 kernel, which means install CD's kernel
 is 2.4 only (this sux) .

You can always to access MI source code, if you can read in Chinese *^_^*
http://www.magiclinux.org/people/levindu/MagicInstaller/

P.S. MI snapshots can be downloaded from the following link, take a look
http://www.magiclinux.org/drupal/images/mi.tar.gz

> 3. Can GLI build an ISO (CD/DVD) automatically? MI use "scons" to do that.
>
>  That is not the focus of the GLI project. Our job is to build the
> installer. Release engineering builds the livecds. However if you wish to
> build Gentoo Livecds, I would look into catalyst.
> http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/releng/catalyst/

OK, I will do that.

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