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FAQ: How to Fix Ubuntu 13.10 Chinese IMEs

Saucy Salamander input methods are a mess!

Saucy Salamander

Ubuntu 13.10 Chinese input methods are an unfinished mess. Move on to Ubuntu 14 where such problems are easier to fix, or if you don't need touch-screen support I recommend the staying with the last LTS release, 12.04.

At minimum, your 13.10 floating language panel will be missing, which for example will prevent changing the Chewing input method from Zhuyin to Pinyin. There is also no Settings item on the language menu to replace that. And you will probably find other problems in 13.10.

On October 24, 2013, the input method preferences issue was given offical bug status. In subsequent posts on this bug report page, you'll find a workaround in post #17:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ibus/+bug/1241309 new site

For many of you, Ibus will be even more broken than that. You'll need to try reinstalling IBus from the command line, but several problems will remain. Many thanks to Jan Heiland new site for pointing me to this backgrounder:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/360774/how-do-reactivate-ibus... new site

One suggestion there is to replace Ibus with fctix. In my opinion, the fact that the Ubuntu Kylin project has already gone with fctix is a very strong recommendation. See my Ubuntu 14 input FAQ for more information on fctix.

Stay with 12.04 LTS if at all possible, or move on to Ubuntu 14 if you realy need new features like touch screen support. If this is resolved and I don't update this page fast enough, or if you have additional suggestions, please let me know.

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