I’ve never been happy with Locale Settings in Linux Mint and we finally have a solution coming up. Of course, the installer would let you choose your language and region and as long as you only needed one things worked well. But when it came to users dealing with multiple languages (developers and translators in particular), or multi-user environments with different users speaking different languages, well things were less than satisfactory. The provided tools were confusing, clunky, Ubuntu-specific and DE-specific (you could only graphically configure your locale in KDE and Cinnamon).
Going forward, the Ubuntu “Language Support” tool and the Cinnamon “Regional Settings” will be replaced by a new Mint tool, in an effort to unify locale settings for the following editions:
- Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition
- Linux Mint MATE Edition
- Linux Mint Xfce Edition
- LMDE Cinnamon Edition
- LMDE MATE Edition
Note that the tool will also work in the KDE Edition but as it might duplicate KDE features it probably won’t be installed by default.
MDM will also receive modifications to properly integrate with all of this.