Ever since I installed Ubuntu 8.10, I have been trying to set up Cyrillic in the terminal.

There were cubes instead of Cyrillic in the terminal if it was run not using the X server.
Checked a bunch of forums, tried a lot of things… - nothing helped.

But there is still a way out! I had to sacrifice beauty and remove the picture displayed when the OS boots.

I don’t know why it has such a negative effect, but now there are no problems with displaying the Cyrillic alphabet.

In order to remove the image, you need to edit the file /boot/grub/menu.lst
And remove the option from the boot line splash

For example, it was like this:

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=/dev/sda7 ro splash

After editing it will be like this:

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=/dev/sda7 ro