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Re: [tlug] IMEs in Mint?
- Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:30:17 +0200
- From: Christian Horn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: [tlug] IMEs in Mint?
- References: <email@example.com> <20140306063112.GA20493@camelia.2ion.de>
- User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)
On Thu, Mar 06, 2014 at 03:31:12PM +0900, Jens Oliver John wrote: > > > I'm wondering if anyone has any horror stories (or any advice generally) > > about getting Japanese input working. (My current machine (ubuntu 10.04) > > uses Anthy, but also has IMEs for Arabic, Chinese "py", and Chinese > > pinyin, so I'm hoping installing those won't be an issue either.) > > Horror stories, mostly related to configuration issues there are many to tell, > but I would like to make some few comments based on my own experience: > > [..] > * A better alternative which is ATM only available in conjunction with fcitx > is mozc, based on Google Japanese Input for Android. It is *much* better, > has built-in usage info and overall comes the closest to the other > proprietary IMs from OS X and Windows (which I have to admit are still worlds > better). The package that provides the binding to fcitx in Debian is > mozc-fcitx. It also comes with a nice handwriting recognition tool, > dictionary editor and stuff. These tools are by default not in $PATH (hidden > ;-), you find them in /usr/lib/mozc/mozc_tool (<- all-in-one binary). > > * Furthermore, fcitx has more "power-user" functionality exposed than ibus, e.g. > you can easily tell it to preserve a custom xkb layout by running xmodmap > when required, among others. Its development is very active and it's only > getting better. Overall, I found it to be way more user-friendly than ibus. > > * fcitx is being developed mainly by a Chinese person. Naturally, Chinese > IMs are supported very well. There are dozens of IM bindings available as of > now, Arabic ones I have no experience with, put a quick search tells me > fcitx-table-arabic is available in Debian right now. Thanks. After having used Anthy for years this made me try out mozc, will use it as default now. I recommend others to also play with these things. It is easy to setup on Debian (fcitx/mozc) and Fedora (ibus/mozc). People might refrain from trying these things out in fear of ending up with no working Japanese input at all, but using a second system for these games (or second installation) helps there. cheers, Chris
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