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I have a few users who have requested the ability to read/write Japanese on their RedHat 4.8 English workstations. I installed the standard English 4.8 distribution and was curious if there was a application/package/etc... that could be installed to give multi-language support? On their windows machines they use IME, but I not sure if something similar exists for Linux. Other versions of RedHat/Linux are not an option, since they have existing applications installed that can only be run with RH v4.8.

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You want to install the appropriate language packages. Then the users just set the appropriate LANG/LOCALE environment variables (or desktop manager preferences) and stuff Just Works :-)

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I can't believe I missed that page, I must have googled all the wrong terms... Very clear and exactly what I need... Thanks! – Zachary Aug 15 '11 at 18:56
The magical search term I used was redhat language package (looking for the generic instructions) - of course my Google algorithm is perturbed by all the *nix stuff I search for which helps things like this float to the top :) – voretaq7 Aug 15 '11 at 18:57
This doesn't show for version 4.8, it shows it only works for 5.0? Do you know if this will also work for 4.8 ? – Zachary Aug 15 '11 at 18:58
it should be pretty similar - just poke around in your settings panels for language preferences (or search your yum/RPM repository for "japanese" or "jp" language stuff and you should find packages that fit the bill) – voretaq7 Aug 15 '11 at 19:00
KDE-I1AN-Japanese-3.3.1-2.1 was the only package I could find in RPM and I installed/checked languages and it didn't show up... Any other suggestions? – Zachary Aug 15 '11 at 22:18

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