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Old 11-20-2007, 12:29 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Install Vietnamese Keyboard xvnkb.0.2.9a for Ubuntu 7.10

Hi all Newbie from Vietnam or anyone like Vietnamese language,

I'm newbie too, but I installed suscessfull and want to share. Sory for my English skill.

Step 1: Install libary need

Open Terminal Command Line and type:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential
$ sudo apt-get install xorg-dev
$ sudo apt-get install gcc
$ sudo apt-get install xlibs-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libxft-dev

If you can't install xorg-dev ; gcc ; xlibs-dev ; libxft-dev don't worry, at the Terminal, type:

$ sudo apt-get update

After finish, type:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential

After update finish, type again

$ sudo apt-get install xorg-dev
$ sudo apt-get install gcc
$ sudo apt-get install xlibs-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libxft-dev

I'm sure 99% you can install, but somtime you can not do after try to fix like above, don,t worry, continue try this to fix

$ sudo apt-get clean
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential

Step 2: Download and Install XVNKB 0.2.9a packet

Download xvnkb-0.2.9a.tar.bz2 packet. You can download from source anywhere if you find out it

$ wget

Un-compress this packet

$ tar -xjvf xvnkb-0.2.9a.tar.bz2

Go to the folder after uncompress ( xvnkb-0.2.9a )

$ cd xvnkb-0.2.9a/

Type this command like

$ ./
$ ./configure

Open file config.h to change something inside

$ gedit config.h

After open, you will see like this

-e #ifndef __VK_CONFIG_H
#define __VK_CONFIG_H
#define VK_NEED_UINT

Delete all and type this, then save

#define __VK_CONFIG_H

After finish, you type

$ make
$ sudo make install

Step 3: Install Unicode Fonts

$ sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts


Step 4: Run xvnkb program

In the Terminal, you can type

$ xvnkb

The symble ( logo ) will appear at right bottom screen. Default Initial is OFF, you can right click an chose option.

Thanks for your seeing.

P/S: Make xvnkb auto run when OS start

In the terminal, you type:

$ gnome-session-properties
After that, you chose NEW, in the NAME you will type what you want for easy remember this program, in the COMMAND you type xvnkb then chose OK then chose Close

Good Luck !

Last edited by nguyenntt; 11-20-2007 at 12:40 AM. Reason: Add more information
Old 01-28-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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Unhappy Install Vietnamese Keyboard xvnkb.0.2.9a for Ubuntu 7.10

After following all instruction you gave, I did install successfully. However, I could not type correctly Vietnamese. It seems that there are NO unicode font installed.
Can you help me?


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