In reconfig mode, the language page is currently broken and misleading. It's
broken in that if you pick a language other than the one you installed with,
firstboot gets confused and does not handle navigation appropriately. Despite
multiple attempts to correct this, I have not been able to arrive at a fix due
to the complexity and opacity of the firstboot navigation code. Patches to
correct it have worked, but have broken the RHN plugin as well.
Further, the language screen is misleading. While it allows you to change your
system language, it does not allow the installation of any language packages.
So say you chose a new language. If the person who installed the system did not
anticipate your language needs and select those packages for installation, you
will not have them present. Therefore the new language you select will be
available and some programs will support displaying in that language, but other
programs (notably large ones like Firefox, OpenOffice, etc.) will not. This
seems misleading to me.
For these two reasons, I propose removing the language selection screen from
reconfig mode in firstboot. The system still allows changing your language both
on a system-wide basis and an individual user basis from the UI tools. Separate
tools allow for installing the appropriate language packs. I feel this is a
reasonable workaround for the problem created by removing this screen from
Doing this will require a release note which I will attach to this bug report in
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release. Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products. This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
thanks Chris. will wait for your release note content for this issue. setting
requires_release_notes to ?, pending release note content.
Taking ownership of this one again...
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