ubuntu installations in Kenya are problematic because default language is little known Oromo, not English or Swahili

Bug #1763025 reported by Alex GOOD HEARTS Organisation
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
localechooser (Debian)
ubiquity (Ubuntu)
Fix Released
Gunnar Hjalmarsson

Bug Description

even on a fresh install and since many may years, despite even Debian Bug reports - e.g. #756277:

There is an error with locale information for Kenya in ubuntu installation. Language is automatically set to 'Oromo' (understood only by a 3% minority of Ethiopian descent) yet the official languages in Kenya are (the not selectable) en-KE (somehow British English, Kenyan flavour, paper format A4, currency KES, currency format KES 123,456.00 or 123,456/= ) and (the also not selectable) sw-KE (somehow Swahili, Kenyan flavour, paper format A4, currency KES, currency format KES 123,456.00 or 123,456/= )

>>> please make work both locales, en-KE (default) and sw-KE. (Remove Oromo from Kenyan locales)

Jeremy Bícha (jbicha)
affects: gnome-shell (Ubuntu) → ubuntu-translations
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Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Thanks for your report. It's worth looking into, but it won't be fixed for Ubuntu 18.04.

However, as regards *language* there are no translations available for neither the Kenyan flavor of English nor Swahili, so the most reasonable choice is probably English (UK) which is selectable by default.

As regards *formats*, i.e. the setting for date and number formats, currency etc., you can generate the sw_KE locale with this command:

sudo locale-gen sw_KE

That will make Kenya selectable under Formats at next login.

affects: ubuntu-translations → localechooser (Ubuntu)
Changed in localechooser (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in localechooser (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in localechooser (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Triaged
affects: localechooser (Ubuntu) → ubiquity (Ubuntu)
Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj)
status: Triaged → In Progress
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package ubiquity - 20.10.12

ubiquity (20.10.12) groovy; urgency=medium

  [ Gunnar Hjalmarsson ]
  * d-i/patches/localechooser-post-base-installer.patch:
    - Set sw (Swahili) as the default Kenya language (LP: #1763025)
  * Translation update (LP: #1897444)

  [ Sebastien Bacher ]
  * POTFILES.in entries were not updated after a directory rename

 -- Gunnar Hjalmarsson <email address hidden> Fri, 16 Oct 2020 11:41:38 +0100

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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