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Ge'ez in Ubuntu

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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:

[1] install ibus-m17n

$ sudo apt-get install ibus-m17n

or by visiting the ubuntu software center

https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/ibus-m17n/

click the button ‘available on the software centre’ and follow the installation instructions.

[2] 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.

text entry

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 + space

That's all !
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