I use ubuntu 11.10 with Unity/GNOME 3 and I want to make the Metric System the default. Is there a United States Metric System format? in Ubuntu in the System Settings under keyboard layouts there is Format but I see no way to change it to Metric, with out changing from United States.
While it is possible to create new locale data, it is a fair bit of work. You can however select different locales for different uses through the various
If you want to change any of these, I would suggest doing it by editing
Since that is how the current language selector stores its preferences.
Setting any of these environment variables to a locale that uses metric measurements (e.g.
There will probably still be a few applications that default to US measurement formats though, since I've seen a few that effectively use
Well is my believe that is not really a Unity/GNOME3 than a standardization way which as Wikipedia mentions:
As it looks the last countries that use Imperial Unit are slowly converting to the INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM but somehow some of them still grab onto the idea of establishing the Imperial System as the universal one. (More than 150 countries versus less than 5 is not really universal). Anyway I find it easier to go from Meter to Kilometer than going from Inches to Yards to Miles. I know 1000 Meters are a Kilometer and I know 1 Meter is 100cm. I would crazy trying to do that with inches, yards and miles. Same goes for pounds and other Imperial measurements.
So to answer, Ubuntu and maybe others, by default, are following the standards for each country. There might be a way to change this I do not know but Ubuntu has stored what system each country available for it uses and it tries to satisfy that countries system the best way it can.
This is just an answer as to why they might not show an option for it. But maybe an Ubuntu dev can say the reasons as to why this is the way it is.