Change from Great Britain Settings to US Settings on RPi

One of the most annoying things about the RPi for most of us is that it was built by Brits. Here are a few of the ramifications of this fact:

  1. By default, the trash can is called the rubbish bin. I don’t know about you, but I don’t normally throw things into the “rubbish bin”, I throw them into the “trash can”
  2. I don’t want to use British servers with British language repos when I use sudo apt-get update etc.

How do we make the RPi recognize that we aren’t Brits? Well, we need to change the locale to en_US. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Run this command sudo raspi-config in a terminal
  2. Use your keyboard to navigate to the Internationalization Options item and press enter or return on your keyboard
  3. Navigate to the Change Locale item and press enter or return on your keyboard
  4. After it loads (it might take a second) scroll down to the en_* section using the up or down arrows on your keyboard
  5. Notice that en_GB.UTF-8 UTF-8 is selected. Navigate to that entry and press the spacebar to deselect it
  6. Go down to en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8 and press the spacebar to select it
  7. Press tab and then press enter or return on your keyboard
  8. The wizard will now ask you what to use as the default locale for the system. Navigate using your keyboard keys to en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8 and then press the right arrow key and then press enter or return on your keyboard
  9. After it finishes (this takes a little while) you will be sent back to the main raspi-config dialog. To exit, press the right arrow key twice and then press enter or return on your keyboard

Now you have set your RPi to use the US locale. You no longer have to send things to the “rubbish bin”, rather, you will be sending things to the “trash can”. Also, you will get all of your stuff from apt-get update etc. from the US servers.

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