[arch-general] Country Name (ISO-3116) Issues

BlissSam m13253 at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 1 11:24:32 EDT 2012


I am a Simplified Chinese user with 2 years of arch experience (of course I am not joining the community),
but I agree with your opinion.
I don't want ArchLinux to repeat the way that Red Hat used to go (Red Hat used to call Taiwan 'Taiwan, province of China', and many people refused to use it --according to Wikipedia).
I think that just simply calling it 'Taiwan' is okay. We don't care what the government is saying (especially, P.R. China government may be angry, but who cares?). What we want to do is to provide convenience to the user, is it?

So I agree with you and I really hope the community to change its name back to Taiwan (as I know, the name is used to be 'Taiwan' in the past years)

The fact is we don't want to talk a lot about political issues, but changing its name to Taiwan is a good idea.


> From: itszero at gmail.com
> Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 23:08:07 +0800
> To: arch-general at archlinux.org
> Subject: [arch-general] Country Name (ISO-3116) Issues
> Hello,
> First of all, I am sorry to bring political issues to here. I have
> been using ArchLinux for years, deployed on many servers, though I'm
> not joining the community until now. The recent changes to the
> ArchLinux webpages (ex. Downloads, Mirror Status) is really offending
> Taiwanese people. I would like to bring up this issue, and preferably
> to resolve this issue.
> I have posted this message on the forum:
> https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=144315 . The moderator
> suggested me to post on arch-general, so here it is. :)
> There is also a bug tracking issue submitted by other Taiwanese user
> that I'm requesting for reopen here:
> https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/30444
> The following text is the same as the post on forum, except a few
> modification to make text smoother.
> The recent changes on the download page named Taiwan as Taiwan,
> Province of China, which is not reflecting the truth that Taiwan is a
> independent country which having its own government. I think this
> might be caused by following the ISO-3166 country name list standard.
> However, I don't think ISO-3166 is a good list when it comes to the
> country name.
> Many open source communities have encountered this problem before.
> Most of them understand that ISO-3166 is not really a neutral list
> that we all hope for, and thus made switch to a separate maintained
> country list. For example, FreeBSD[1], Rails[2], Debian[3]. Many big
> commercial entities also opt not to use "Taiwan, PRC" in their country
> list, like: Apple[4], IBM[5], also try Google, Facebook, Twitter, et
> cetra. A possible solution might be using the country name list from
> ICU[6].
> I believed the ArchLinux is trying to expand its user-base around the
> world, so a neutral country name list would be the best for the
> benefit of all of us, ArchLinux developers and users. As a Taiwanese
> ArchLinux user, I'm really happy to see that user base of ArchLinux is
> growing in Taiwan. Some educational institutions provide mirrors site
> in Taiwan, Wiki localized in Traditional Chinese in the recent years.
> I sincerely hope this issue can be resolved as soon as possible. Let's
> keep the issue simple and not flaming it, thanks.
> References:
> [1] FreeBSD: http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=138672
> [2] Rails: http://www.koziarski.net/archives/2008/9/24/countries-and-controversies/
> [3] Debian: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2004/04/msg00798.html
> [4] Apple: http://www.apple.com/choose-your-country/
> [5] IBM: http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/select/selector.html
> [6] ICU: http://source.icu-project.org/repos/icu/icu/trunk/source/data/region/en.txt
> Best Regards,
> Chien-An "Zero" Cho

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