Japanese Input with Karmic?

Andrew SB a.starr.b at gmail.com
Wed Nov 25 00:23:36 UTC 2009

2009/11/24 Kevin Fries <kfries at cctus.com>:
> Does anybody here use Japanese input as a secondary language?
> My computer was installed using the default English language, but I need to converse with Japanese people on a regular basis.  So, I went into the System->Administration->Language Support just like I did on all the versions of Ubuntu.  But SCIM does not seem to be popped up any more.  When I press Ctrl-Space... nothing.  Right now while in Firefox, scim says that anthy is active... does this look like Japanese.  Not to me either.

I don't generally have the need for secondary language input, so
hopefully someone more familiar will chime in. But I do know that ibus
has replace SCIM as Ubuntu's default input method in Karmic. [1] If
you did a fresh install of Karmic SCIM shouldn't be installed at all,
though it is still availiable in the repos.

To activate IBus and set it up, go to System>Preferences>IBus Preferences

It can be called with Ctrl-Space just like SCIM.

Of course, this isn't very discoverable. I didn't have any idea what
an ibus was the first time it showed up in my menus. Luckily there has
already been a bug filed and a fix is about to be pulled in from
Debian which will give it a more descriptive name. [2]

Hope that helps...

- Andrew SB

[1] https://blueprints.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/desktop-karmic-input-methods
[2] https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ibus/+bug/429986

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