Hello, Linux fellas. In this tutorial, I will show you how to change the language of your Debian 8 system from English to Chinese.
Change the Language of Your Debian 8 System
Open your terminal and login as root.
Edit /etc/locale.gen file
If you chose American English as the system language during the installation process, you will see in this file that only the 151th line: en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8 is not commented.
To add simplified Chinese language support, remove those pound sign from lines that start with zh_CN.
Save and close the file. Now run the following command:
Now open Gnome settings panel, select Region & Lanuage.
Double click the language field.
Choose Chinese(汉语) from the list and click Done button.
Now log out of Debian and log back in. You will greeted by the following message.
It asks you if you want to change the language of your standard folders (the folders under your home) to Chinese as well. You will want to use English as the language for these folders. So click the left button to preserve their original name.
Now the system language of Debian is Chinese, but additionally we need to add Chinese language support for iceweasal, icedove, libreoffice and other applications. These applications require specific language packs. Run the following command to install these Chinese language packs.
apt-get install chromium-l10n icedove-l10n-zh-cn iceowl-l10n-zh-cn iceweasel-l10n-zh-cn libreoffice-help-zh-cn libreoffice-l10n-zh-cn debian-faq-zh-cn kicad-doc-zh-cn openvanilla-imgeneric-data-zh-cn texlive-lang-chinese