Note: This bug report is written with the Live CD in mind.
Description of problem:
There are hundreds of locales listed in the GDM language selection dialog. This is too much, finding your own language can be a time consuming task. (That is especially because the the names are not quite in alphabetical order, even the ones with Latin letters only.) With a Live CD, you need to do this at every boot.
The real reason causing this huge list is that a lot of languages are listed at least twice, one entry for each country where such a language is spoken. English has 15 entries, Español has 20. I doubt there are 20 translation teams for different variants of Spanish, so all these entries basically give you the same translation. I know there are a few exceptions, e.g. en_GB and pt_BR.
A huge list of locales.
A shorter list of languages.
The shorter list could be achieved by listing each language only once. If necessary, there could be an additional question about the country, depending on the language chosen.
Hmm, perhaps using a treeview for langs with many regions would help?
A treeview would certainly suit better than a plain list. And of course, the tree items should be collapsed by default, otherwise the number of visible lines would be even greater than with the plain list.
No, a treeview be too complicated ui-wise. It would be much better to trim the list to the language/country combinations that actually have different translations.
requested by Jens Petersen (#27995)
Regarding to trimming lang tag, I filed bugzilla.gnome 593359.
Language selection has been removed from the login screen in f15
(In reply to comment #6)
> Language selection has been removed from the login screen in f15
Then how is the language selected in the live CD? After login is a bit too late...