We got a lot of feedback on mintLocale. Many bugs were fixed and new ideas were implemented. Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll see in Linux Mint 17.1.
The user interface was redesigned. We wanted to show more information but in a simpler way.
Locale selection is now split between “Language” and “Region”. This is important for people who leave abroad but like to stick to their mother tongue. In terms of locale settings, “Language” corresponds to LANG and LC_TIME, whereas the “Region” selection sets LC_NUMERIC, LC_MONETARY, LC_PAPER, LC_NAME, LC_ADDRESS, LC_TELEPHONE, LC_MEASUREMENT and LC_IDENTIFICATION.
Input methods are now also supported. This is important to people who want to write Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and a few other languages which require characters or symbols which aren’t present on the keyboard. MintLocale now lets you choose your input method and quickly add support for them. It also tells you if required components are missing (typically if you’re missing a package for things to work correctly).
Now… nobody in the dev. team is actually using input methods… so if this important to you, please get in touch with us (irc.spotchat.org #linuxmint-dev) and give us as much feedback as possible.
From what we understood, IBus has been the dominant IM for years and Fcitx is getting really popular at the moment. We decided to support IBus, Fcitx, SCIM and UIM so far. If you’re using another IM please tell us which one, for which language and why ;)
Last but not least, you don’t need to wait for Linux Mint 17.1 to play with this new version of mintLocale. Don’t hesitate to grab the deb package for it at https://github.com/linuxmint/mintlocale/releases/download/1.2.1/mintlocale_1.2.1_all.deb and tell us what you think.