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Date & Time Panel in Fedora 15 Control Panel


Idea for Time Entry filtering possible TZs



Today I was looking at; part of that bug involved creating a locale mapping file in initscripts; this seemed like a bad idea. When considering that, I thought of lang-table, and wondered 'how could we get rid of that'.

Summary of Issues

  • multiple locale/location screens
  • no auto-detection
  • anaconda-specific locale mapping files - we really shouldn't be driving off of configuration sources that only live in anaconda.

We can do better.

Multiple Locale / Location Screens

Anaconda currently has multiple locale/location screens:

  • language selection (custom anaconda)
  • keyboard selection (from s-c-keyboard, but nothing else uses that)
  • timezone selection (from s-c-date)
  • clock setting / ntp (in firstboot)

Needed Localization Info

Anaconda needs the following bits of localization info:

  • locale/language
  • timezone
  • keyboard layout
  • text font

Data Sources

What Anaconda currently uses

Anaconda uses the following data sources:

  • tzdata
  • lang-table (a custom anaconda file)

Anaconda does *zero* autodetection.

Available Resources

Other data sources

Data Source Includes Does Not Include
  • country subdivisions (state/province), indexed by country
  • countries, and their country code
  • languages
  • languages to countries mapping
  • languages to countries (more or less)
  • mapping of languages to a primary locale/country
  • timezones, indexed by country
  • latitude/longitude for timezones
  • locales to country mapping
  • mapping random cities to timezones (only specific timezone cities)
  • many many cities, organized by country
    • with timezone
    • with lat/lon
    • with weather codes
  • cities/countries to locale
  • Maps current location to:
    • country
    • city
    • latitude/longitude


  • maps language name to xkb layout (1:n, though)
  • maps country name to xkb layout



Split-Out Widgetry

Widget What does it do? What does it use?
system-config-date timezone selector Uses tzdata
system-config-date timezone selector Uses custom hardcoded mappings in the code, lang-table
system-config-language language selector Uses iso-codes
anaconda language selector language selector Uses lang-table

Codebases that don't have widgetry split out

Widget What does it do? What does it use?
gdm language and keyboard selectors Uses iso-codes, xkeyboard-config
gnome-control-center datetime timezone selecor Uses tzdata
gnome-panel location selector Uses libgweather, tzdata

Widgetry currently in development

Widget What does it do? What does it use?
gnome locale configuration applet configures locale Uses iso-codes, xkeyboard-config, and more

Proposal #1

On boot, as soon as there is networking available, start geoclue. Acquire location information. Then, feed the information as so:


  • What if we don't have network? Do DHCP always on link!
  • It's easy to get a list of possible languages given the country. There's no canonical data source of what to use for the *primary* language, though. We could make a mapping table (ugh), or do heuristics (double ugh).
    • text font is hardcoded to 'latarcyrheb-sun16'. We could conceivable have an override for the very few people who can't use that.

We then display as so:

Current settings:
Location: United States         [ change ] [ details ]

If you click 'change', it pops up a selector dialog that either:

  • allows you to enter a location (similar to the gnome panel clock code)
  • allows you to click a location (similar to the control center timezone selector)

Either of those resets country, timezone, language, keyboard layout, etc. If you select 'details', (or '>>>', or some expander, to be language-neutral), you get:

Language: English               [ change ]
Country: USA                    [ change ]
Time: 2:33 PM (US Eastern)      [ change ]
Keyboard Layout: us             [ change ]

Then, each of those options pops up a single-purpose configuration dialog. anaconda can either use the gnome capplet once it's done, or roll its own.


Proposal #1

Inkscape SVG for all mockups



  • Luya: Current location should include the city and country similar to timezone layout. Will the region field be highlighted to let users know they can edit their settings.



  • Luya: Is is possible to specify language variant on that selected field i.e. English (US)?








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