Unicode-based FreeBSD

Scott Robbins scottro at nyc.rr.com
Sat Aug 30 11:02:04 UTC 2008

On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 04:42:36PM +0800, Tz-Huan Huang wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 9:36 PM, Alexander Churanov
> <alexanderchuranov at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 2008/8/28 Oliver Fromme <olli at lurza.secnetix.de>
> >>
> >> Right now, a Chinese sysadmin cannot simply go to a FreeBSD
> >> console, run mutt and read mails from his co-workers that
> >> contain Chinese characters.  This *does* work fine with
> >> Linux.  This is clearly an area where FreeBSD is lacking.
> >

I don't know about Chinese, however, for Japanese, FreeBSD and Linux
both require (and both have) the kon (maybe it's called kon2 now)
program.  This enables you to read the characters in console, although
it doesn't allow input.  I see that paps was ported to FreeBSD in June
or so, which was something Linux had and FreeBSD didn't (though it was
easy to manually install it) which enables you to print a Japanese text
file without opening X.   

As far as Japanese input goes, Linux doesn't offer any advantage over
FreeBSD (save for a few Japanese based distributions--and even in that
case, it's all X based.) 

Scott Robbins
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