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Old 01-01-2007, 05:50 AM   #1
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Selecting layout for secondary keyboard (Russian)

Hi all,

I run Ubuntu 6.10 GNOME desktop with German keyboard as default and Russian keyboard as secondary keayboard. Unfortunately, when selecting the secondary keyboard Ubuntu does not offer me the choice of what keyboard exactly. Ubuntu does this beautifully for the primary keyboard during installation, but I could not find anything like that for the secondary keyboard.

What I would like to have is "Russian typewriter". I know that it exists because I've tried it during a test installation. Is there any text file I have to edit to get that keyboard layout? There must be some entry like "ru" which has to be changed to "ru (typewriter)". (I do have a menu entry "layout" for the keyboards, but the window that appears then is always empty).

Thanks for any advice!!
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I normally use KDE, so I had to logout to check.

Go to "Desktop Preferences" -> "Keyboard Preferences"
Click on the "Add" button and expand the Russian Selection. There should be three options: Phonetic, Typewriter and Winkeys. Select Typewriter.

There used to be a number of i18n packages back in my Mandrake 6.0 days. Now when I looked I found a kbd package (I'm using suse) the supplies these files:
The kbd package my system uses also supplies fonts from kbd_fonts.tar.gz package (by Paul
Gortmaker) on Sunsite.

I hope this helps some. I'm not using Ubuntu, so I don't know what you may be missing if anything.
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Thank you so much for your advice! After reading your text I checked the keyboard selection window for the n-th time. Since you were convinced that I must be able to select the layout, I decided that there had to be something in that window which I hadn't noticed yet. Doing so I had the idea to click onto the triangle that is left to the word "Russian" and had just looked like an indent sign for me. And then happened, what you wrote: the triangle turned around offering... even FOUR Russian keyboard layouts :-).

Sorry that I didn't realize that the triangle actually is a selection marker. But I am very grateful that you took the time to help me!

Thank you very-very much!!


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