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Input Methods

  • $HOME/.xinputrc has been moved/renamed to $HOME/.config/imsettings/xinputrc.
  • $HOME/.imsettings.log has been moved/renamed to $HOME/.cache/imsettings/log.
  • default engine for Simplified Chinese has been changed to ibus-libpinyin. see Features/ibus-libpinyin for more details.
  • ibus-typing-booster is a predictive input method for the ibus platform. It predicts complete words based on partial input. One can then simply select the desired word from a list of suggestions and improve one's typing speed and spelling. ibus-typing-booster currently supports the following Asian and European languages:
    • Assamese, Bengali, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu
    • English, Danish, French
  • im-chooser is restricted to work on GNOME3 now. the users are encouraged to use the new feature in gnome-control-center, to configure the input method on GNOME3.
    1. click on the name at the upper right corner of the panel.
    2. select System Settings from the menu
    3. click on the Region & Language icon
    4. open Input Sources tab
    5. click on + icon to add any input sources
    6. choose an input source you want to add
  • If there are no input sources in the list which you want to use, try the following command on the terminal and restart the desktop:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources show-all-sources true
  • There may be no shortcut key to turn on/off the input method by default. you can enable it as the following steps:
    1. click the shortcut settings link in the Input Sources tab on System Settings or click the Keyboard icon at the top and the Shortcuts tab, the Typing section at the left pane.
    2. click on the Switch to next source, press [Control] + [space].
  • There may be no input source to input a native language through ibus by default. you can add it with the above steps as a workaround. this is the input sources table corresponding to the input method engines:
input source name input method engine
Chinese (Chewing) ibus-chewing
Chinese (Intelligent Bopomofo) ibus-libpinyin
Chinese (Intelligent Pinyin) ibus-libpinyin
Japanese (Anthy) ibus-anthy
Korean (Korean) ibus-hangul
* (inscript (m17n)) ibus-m17n
* (itrans (m17n)) ibus-m17n
* (phonetic (m17n)) ibus-m17n
  • Indian onscreen keyboard 2.1.3 is available with minor enhancements.


  • fonts-tweak-tool now supports the language ordering to decide what language has precedence to display the text, and the font properties to change the sub-pixel rendering and hinting configuration per fonts.
  • Liberation fonts is rebased to Google's CrOS Core fonts and has OFL license, more improvements for hinting data and coverage.
  • Enhanced version of paktype-naqsh-fonts (3.1), paktype-tehreer-fonts (2.1), paktype-naskh-basic-fonts (3.1) and paktype-ajrak-fonts (2.1) is available.
  • New font Lohit Tamil Classical fonts for Tamil language and Kalapi fonts for Gujarati language is available.
  • Madan fonts for Nepali, Navilu and Gubbi for Kannada now has minimum required characters as per fontconfig file to support respective languages.
  • $HOME/.fonts.conf is deprecated. the users are encouraged to move it to $HOME/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf.
  • $HOME/.fonts.conf.d is deprecated. the users are encouraged to move it to $HOME/.config/fontconfig/conf.d
  • the fontconfig config files which not enabled by default has been moved from /etc/fonts/conf.avail to /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail. if you have any symbolic-links from the old place, please update.