Language chooser at login

Robert Ancell robert.ancell at
Tue Jul 5 03:43:21 UTC 2011

On 04/07/11 17:41, Oliver Grawert wrote:
> hi,
> Am Montag, den 04.07.2011, 12:44 +1000 schrieb Robert Ancell:
>> I haven't heard of any standard user requirements to switch between 
>> more than two languages, or two languages that do not include English
>> (please post here if you know of any).
> well, just some of these environments ubuntu has traditionally been big
> in ... :)
> ... pretty much every environment edubuntu is used in (public desktops
> in school classrooms at universities or libraries), non personalized
> computers in multilingual companies, public computers at airports,
> hotels, internet cafes etc
Are these all cases of where the computer is setup with a single guest
account?  So the requirement here is that guest accounts require a
language setting?

Note that this doesn't necessarily have to be implemented in the
greeter, i.e. you can run zenity in the guest accounts .profile and that
prompts the user on login for language.  Or you can make multiple
sessions for each installed language, i.e. there is a single menu for
the login settings which has "English", "Japanese", "German" which each
load Unity with differing settings.  I expect in these cases you don't
want to provide an option to choose session type (Unity/GNOME) anyway.

So this also raises the question, if the only requirement is for guest
sessions does the standard Ubuntu need to support these scenarios out of
the box?  Note of course Edubuntu can deliver their default install

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