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[tlug] ibus in Fedora
- Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 19:45:49 -0400
- From: Scott Robbins <email@example.com>
- Subject: [tlug] ibus in Fedora
- User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)
Well, Fedora is trying to implement a new input manager, iBus. (Ooops, I guess I've seen too much Apple stuff lately, that's Ibus.) Here are the theoretical advantages over scim: (Quote from Fedora-testing list). Ibus has been rewritten in C. Scim written in C++ using STL has problems with weak symbol conflicts without the added complexity and lower stability of the scim-bridge layer to workaround that. * It is possible to write client and engines for ibus in any language that supports dbus bindings. * ibus loads engines on demand rather than all installed engines as scim does, which improves the startup time and memory footprint. * scim loads engines as dl-modules so a problem in any engine can take down scim, whereas in ibus because the processes are separated only a faulty process will die leaving rest of the system working normally. * The architecture of ibus is bus-centric and so much closer to the CJK OSS Forum Workgroup 3 draft "Specification of IM engine Service Provider (End of quote) So far, I've found that while it works well with OpenOffice and Firefox, unlike scim, it doesn't work with opera, urxvt or uxterm. (I'm running openbox or fluxbox rather than Gnome, which might be a problem, since Fedora is as closely tied to Gnome these days as Windows is to its graphics environment--for example, sound is tied to consolekit.) In addition, on Rawhide at least (Fedora 11) it seems to break using Scim with OpenOffice. Even on Fedora 10, if one has ibus installed, scim won't work with openoffice, which instead just complains about being unable to connect with the ibus daemon. Hopefully, it will improve with time. I'm debating filing a bug, but knowing Fedora, it will probably just be ignored, as they seem to figure that all their users will just use default apps. Anyway, if anyone is interesting, they are having a testing day on Thursday. https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Day:2009-05-14_iBus I suspect that most tluggers aren't the typical Fedora user though. -- Scott Robbins PGP keyID EB3467D6 ( 1B48 077D 66F6 9DB0 FDC2 A409 FA54 EB34 67D6 ) gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys EB3467D6
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