[kubuntu-devel] Making IBus usable in Kubuntu

Ma Xiaojun damage3025 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 16:13:10 UTC 2012

On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 9:43 PM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at kitterman.com> wrote:
> Unlike the other Ubuntu flavors we do try to miminize our GTK dependencies.
> Since ibus is only needed for some languages, I think it would be more
> appropriate for Kubuntu to only install it for people selecting languages that
> need it, but I didn't do any looking into how to do that.
I personally hate such practice.
I advocate the practice of providing all languages' support by default.
This is the behavior of OS X that I really like.

I don't need to wait for installation of language packs before
switching to new UI language.
>From my own experience, language-selector is not a robust tools, it
occasionally leave half-baked UI (half English and half local
language) requiring manual fix.

If IBus or other IMF is provided as language support only for some
languages, then we're requiring the users using English locale to know
about the fancy package names like fcitx*, ibus*, scim*...
Manually enable such IMFs may also be a challenge.

Sample use cases: A Westerner may learn one of CJK languages with the
help of one CJK input method. CJK native speakers may prefer English
locale for various reasons.

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