Fedora-17 Irritations

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Mon Apr 23 12:52:39 UTC 2012

On Sat, 2012-04-21 at 16:52 +0100, Peter Hillier-Brook wrote:
> On 21/04/12 12:55, Ed Greshko wrote:
> [cut]
> >
> > Well, I check GNOME and I found that if you click on your name in the upper right and
> > choose System Settings you can choose "Region and Language" and change the layout.
> > Picking United Kingdom (English) results in picking Metric.
> Exactly the problem! I'm not French and I want English measurements to 
> be the default for United Kingdom locale settings.

I imagine there might be some kind of controversy over which should be
the default for the U.K., given its schizophrenic approach to the use of
weights and measures. I guess GNOME (or whoever actually sets those
defaults) went with metric because the metric system is more or less
given precedence in most current legislation.

I suppose someone could hack up a special measurements locale for the
U.K. where short distances are measured in centimetres but long ones in
miles, golf courses are measured in yards but athletic events in metres,
soft drinks measured in litres but alcoholic ones in pints, temperatures
in celsius or farenheit depending on the age of the user (could be
detected via webcam, perhaps?), and so on, but it seems like rather a
lot of work...;)
Adam Williamson
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