The locale support installation mechanism has changed in the Solaris 8 operating environment. In the Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, and 7 operating environments, the level of locale support that was installed depended on the software cluster that was chosen. The Solaris 8 operating environment includes a new installation interface that prompts you to select specific geographic regions for which you require locale support. Therefore, you can customize the configuration of your system at installation of the Solaris 8 operating environment with more freedom than in the Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, and 7 operating environments.
You must select the locales to be installed during the initial installation in the Geographic Selection screen. C (POSIX locale) and en_US.UTF-8 (Unicode support) are the only locales that are automatically installed.
When you upgrade from previous releases, some of the locales are automatically selected, depending on the available locales on the system to be upgraded. Note that English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish partial locales were always present on the system in the Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, and 7 operating environments.
Unicode locales (UTF-8) have a feature to enable multilingual text input. Because these locales use Asian input methods that are provided by each individual locale, install those Asian locales for which you need to type text.