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yilang 05-07-2006 06:52 AM

Is it possible to display Chinese characters in Fedora English environment?

I have used Fedora for years. But I still can't tranfer from Windows to Linux totally.

Well, sometimes I must deal with Chinese and Japanese paragraphs. I am using Fedora under English environment. When I visit Chinese or Japanese websites, there will be always corrupt codes on the screen.

Is it possible to display and input eastern Asian languages under English Environment?

yilang 05-07-2006 07:00 AM

I have tried to use the Chinese environment while initially install Fedora system. Then the Chinese characters could be displayed and input correctly.

Unluckily, I don't like the Chinese language environment at all. There are always trivial problems for Fedora under Non-English enviroment.

Display and input Chinese and Japanese characters under English environment, is it possible?

yilang 05-07-2006 07:18 AM

Well, I am a translator. I must deal with Chinese, English, and Japanese languages at the same time on my computer.

At present, I am using WindowsXP as my desktop and Fedora in VMware. As for Windows, I use the English version as the base system and added MUI support, so I can handle English, Chinese, and Japanese document at just one system.

I really love the penguine rather than Windows. However, I can't transfer to Linux totally. I install Fedora with English as my default language, but it is impossible for me to visit Chinese and Japanese pages. Whenever I visit such pages, there will be always corrupt codes on the screen.

Oops, I am a translator. I must deal with multi-languages at one system. Is Fedora suitable for me?

baosheng 05-07-2006 07:56 AM

I am a linux user from mainland of China.
well, there are many solutions at Chinese Linux forum, such as or
I am using English environment, on both ubuntu and FC. And I can view Chinese webpages. I think maybe you should set the encoding at your brower. In Firefox, just click the menu : View->Character Encoding-> Chinese Simplified(GB2312) or other encodings.

And, remember, when you install your linux distribution, be sure to install Chinese character package. If you forget, you can also install them after the installtion program. Without this, there is no way.

baosheng 05-07-2006 07:57 AM

another way is to use an English environment but Chinese-support-well linux distribution, such as Magic Linux. The default environment is Chinese. But you can set them to English. I have install Magic Linux on my laptop.
MagicLinux is developed by a group of Chinese Linux hobbies at

yilang 05-07-2006 08:11 AM

Thank you for your kindful help, Baosheng.

As for MagicLinux, I have heard some news about this native Chinese distribution. It was always praised as the most user-friendly Linux distribution for Chinese user. But there is a shortcoming, there is not so much RPM packages availble for MagicLinux.

With your guidance, I can view Chinese webpages under Fedora now. However, I still can't input Chinese and Japanese characters under Fedora English environment.

Any idea? Thanks a lot!

baosheng 05-07-2006 09:17 AM

Oh, well. It doesn't matter. You can use most Fedora Core 2 RPMs on MagicLinux 1.2. I have done this before. I had used Magic Linux for about half a year, one year ago. Now the most up-to-date version of MagicLinux is 2.0. But I haven't tested whether it could work for MagicLinux 2.0 coz now I only use Magic Linux to edit my TeX papers. And, don't worry too much about the software problem. When you have problem, just go to to ask your question.

And about the input, you can go to Chinese Linux forums, such as or, to ask assistance about install SCIM or FCITX onto Fedora Core. If you don't mind, you can also use many online Chinese input services, such as When I do have some words need to express in Chinese, I use that way.

You can also go to the BBS of many China universities for assistance about Chinese support issues. Great university BBSes are,,, www.lilybbs,us
Since there are many linux hobbies in colleges, you can solve your problem very fast.

yilang 05-09-2006 09:49 AM

Thank you for your help. I am a translator, so I must deal with Chinese, Japanese and German language everyday.

At Present, I have added the language support for the above languages. I can view multi-language webpages now. But that's not enough, I want to input Chinese, Japanese and German.

I can input Chinese now. However, Japanese and German input is still a problem remained.

Need your help, thanks!

linzz 05-09-2006 11:06 AM

呵呵,懂这么多门语言啊? 厉害! 我现在在学日文,想跟前辈交个朋友,能留个联系方法吗?

yilang 05-09-2006 11:41 AM

To Linzz:

I have installed scim-m17n and scim-anthy, and I can input Japanese and Chinese characters now.


yilang 05-10-2006 10:02 AM

Thank you all kind guys.

Since I am a translator, then I want to make it support all the languages which I deal with. At present, I know perfectly that how to make Fedora support Chinese and Japanese characters.

However, there is still a trivial problem remained. How to input German? How to input German and English at the same time? It seems that the German language should not be treated as what I did to the East-Asian languages.

Thank you very much!

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