[SOLVED] How do I change languages in Mint? (while using OpenOffice mainly)
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How do I change languages in Mint? (while using OpenOffice mainly)
I have recently installed Linux Mint (Isadora) on my old -but still functioning- rustbucket of a PC, and its flying again! (Why didn't I leave Windows sooner?) Although I generally don't have many difficulties getting the hang of it, the issue of changing languages has got me beat. I could only find how to change keyboard layouts, but I can't seem to add more than 4 to the list. Now, because I need already 2 layouts for Greek, I am unable to write in all the languages that I need, so I wondered if there exists a button that I could put somewhere to change languages while writing and, if so, how I can add languages and use different layouts for each. Can someone help me?
Well, yes and no. Some languages have more than one layout (e.g. Greek has one for monotonic and one for polytonic writing, Serbian one for Cyrillic and one for Latin alphabet, etc.). Although turning to a specific layout of course also changes the language, it would be much more easy and organised to be able to change languages and only see and be able to select between the layouts of the active language. In Windows this is standard (language bar), and it is one of the very few features of Windows that I like. Do you know if this is possible to be done in Mint (or any other edition of Linux)?
I found out today (while trying to write in French) that while it is possible to add new keyboard layouts by using the bypass MTK358 suggested, unfortunately those new layouts (past the first four) do not work. Instead you just get one of the original four (in my case polytonic Greek). I don't understand why the developers of the Gnome version of Mint set such a limitation, and I hope that in future editions multilinguals will be considered and the limitation removed. Meanwhile, can anyone advise me if there is a way to break this limitation of Gnome; or alternatively, if some other edition of Linux does not have this limitation?
Yes, I tried using the right-click menu, but when I clicked French, I got polytonic Greek instead. Possibly Gnome has a built in limitation of four layouts that can't be bypassed (I can't understand why). Maybe I should switch to the KDE version of Mint. Do you know if that hasn't this limitation?
You don't need to "switch to the KDE version of mint", just install KDE using the package manager (the package is called "kde-full") and you will be able to choose between GNOME and KDE at the login screen.
For Gnome system>administration>language support you can define a shortcut key to switch languages, then you can do:
Put your mouse on the top panel and right click on 'Add to Panel'.
Next scroll down to Utilities and click on 'keyboard indicator'.
That will allow you to switch between foo and English, if both are set up.