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Old 05-14-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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Question Is there Japanese language IME available in 10.4?

I just got used to Ubuntu and was using Easy Peasy. I wanted to upgrade because I was having a few issues with EP on my EeePc 900- I went to 10.4.

I am leaving to go study abroad in Japan in about 10 days and have everything configured except the Japanese language aspect.

I went to System -> Admin -> Language Support and installed the language files, etc. After reboot, they are installed...but there is no language box or any hint at all that I can use it.

There doesn't appear to be a shortcut like ALT + SHIFT in Windows.

In the simplest terms possible (i.e. step by step), how can I be able to type Japanese in Office, Firefox, Evolution, IM, etc.?

Thank you in advance!
Old 05-14-2010, 03:22 PM   #2
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You just need to install an input method framework and a Japanese language backend.

I've personally been using scim for the framework, but some recent comments I've read seem to indicate that it's kinda on the way out. uim is also a good option, but I personally don't like the toolbar interface much. There's also ibus, a relatively new one that looks promising, and which I believe RedHat based distros are using.

For the backend, anthy seems to be the most-used, but there's also prime and maybe one or two others. You need to install the package designed for your framework, something like scim-anthy or uim-anthy.

Once you have everything installed, you can use im-switch to set it up. This also allows you to have multiple frameworks installed and to switch between them easily.

This page has a good general rundown on linux text support:

Edit: Whups, just noticed you said you're using Easy Peasy. I'm not sure how well this relates to such netbook systems. Hopefully it will still apply.

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