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I am new to linux and have recently installed Xubuntu on a hand-me-down IMAC G3. I initially was leary of linux and basically just wanted to see if I could do it. But after getting it installed I am considering taking the leap and going to Linux on my regular use system.
One thing that holding me back, is that my wife needs to be able to type in korean in order to corespond via e-mail with her family, back in S. Korea. We are accomplishing this now using windows XP and the Korean IME. Is there anything similar to this in linux, and if so how hard is it going to be for a complete linux newbie to install and use?
Since this is your first post at LQ.org, allow me to welcome you. Coincidentally, I am learning Korean (man, isn't it hard) and typing in Korean with Linux is relatively simple. There are, however, some inconsistencies. For example, I could not type in Korean using aMSN (and a few other applications), but it would work on OpenOffice, Firefox and Gaim. There are three good guides about enabling Korean (and other Asian languages) in Ubuntu which are pretty good:
I have read through the 1st one and it doesn't mentin xubuntu. I am curious if I need to be using the kde or gnome desktop in order to install the cjk program as described. I currently use xubuntu on a resource limited (IMAC G3 333mhz, 96mb ram) computer.
there are two ways of doing that (as described on the link). Adding the repositories manually or using the system graphical interface. Try the one you find easier. It is very good to enable these repositories right away, so you will have many more packages available to install not found within (x)Ubuntu right away, specially media support.
I hope this helps.
P.S: UIM is short for "Universal Input method". I am not exactly sure how it works, but I guess it is some sort of interface or framework. Basically, you write(input) everything to uim and uim is responsible for sending what you input to the applications. This is a wild guess... but you do need uim