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Enabling Geez / Amharic / Tigrinya typing in Ubuntu using ibus-m17-n
This method was tested in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial).
The method requires installing ibus-m17n and adding it to the Text Entry list in Ubuntu.
m17n allows ibus to input non latin characters.
The steps follow:
 install ibus-m17n
$ sudo apt-get install ibus-m17n
or by visiting the ubuntu software center
click the button ‘available on the software centre’ and follow the installation instructions.
 add m17n engine
for ibus in Ubuntu's Text Entry.
- go to dash ,
search for ‘text entry’ and hit enter, a window similar to the following figure will pop up.
under input source to use:
The language of current input method is listed, such as English(US)
to add Ge'ez (Amharic) script
- click the add button (+)
find Amharic (sera(m17n))(IBus)
[note that there is also ‘Amharic’ but we don’t select that one]
(if you can not find ‘amharic (sera(m17n))(IBus)’, please close and open the Text Entry again or logout and open the Text Entry window again.
- select Amharic (sera(m17n))(IBus) and click add [after adding the input method, you will see a list similar to the above figure]
For easy access of the input methods, check ‘show current input source in the menu bar’
or To switch input method using the keyboard click super + spaceThat's all !