What is the most handy way to type Chinese characters (Debian)?
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When I lived in Japan, they had a typewriter that had some 50,000 characters. It was something like 100 trays with various symbols. If you needed one then you'd have to change the set, type one and then go to next set. The operator couldn't type too fast but got a good workout.
I have used both SCIM and Ibus. I think Ibus is better, but to each their own. Both are in Debian's repositories and both have several Chinese input methods. Not only Beijings's Mandarin-based pinyin system. Have fun.