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Minty Japanese Linux

Postby Gan » Mon 02.04.2008 3:49 pm

Okay, since the installation of Linux Mint, I am wonder what I shall do to get a Japanese IME enabled. This wouldn't really be a problem but the fact is that I do not have a highspeed internet service at home and really no modem in my computer. I'm wondering if there is a way, to enable the feature without internet such as downloading the dependices, files, etc and installing them using dkpg (bc Mint is build on ubuntu, which is debian) Does anyone here know how do to this? Or can direct me towards a place to where to download the files?

Many thanks to all those who read and help

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RE: Minty Japanese Linux

Postby stevie » Mon 02.04.2008 5:48 pm

I've just been through a similar transition in the last month or so (to Ubuntu linux) on one of my computers. Getting Japanese and Chinese (and Korean for the inevitable day that I start dabbling) IME was one of the first things I figured out.

Anyway I'm using SCIM (you can read about it here): http://www.scim-im.org/
I'm awful with Linux - Ubuntu makes everything rather painless, or at least it has for me - so I'm not sure if getting it running on Mint will be different or not. First of all, if you don't have it already, you'll need to download and install SCIM.

SCIM only runs in a few applications natively, from what I can tell (such as gedit). To get SCIM working in multiple applications you also need to install something called scim-bridge: http://www.scim-im.org/projects/scim_bridge

If you're using the K desktop environment, as opposed to Gnome or something else, then there's possibly additional stuff as well.

This page - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SCIM - gives you the details on how to install it and the few pesky files you'll need to edit to get it working in multiple apps - only again it's for Ubuntu. I think most of it will hold true for Mint though, at least as far as the editing of files is concerned.

Aha - I just read Mint is built on and compatible with Ubuntu so hopefully this should be (relatively) straightforward. I'm not the most helpful guy with this stuff, especially Linux which I'm still quite inexperienced with, but hopefully I've been able to point you in the right direction.
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