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Adding extra language and keyboard switch at will (Solved)
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costas100


Joined: 04 Oct 2011
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Location: Toronto Canada

PostPosted: Tue 04 Oct 2011, 15:12    Post subject:  Adding extra language and keyboard switch at will (Solved)
Subject description: Puppy 5.2.8
 

Some 4 to 5 years back I switched to Ubuntu (from windows) and never looked back (now I am using ver 10.10 - Maverick Meerkat and a few others).
Lately I tried Puppy ver 5.2.8 and I am really impressed:

1. Fast like a bullet
2. Simple in most basic tasks
3. Very easy to add additional pets
4. Even helpful in removing viruses from windows partitions

But I do have one major issue:
I cannot add an extra language support. My basic language is English and I also need Greek as a second language and maybe French as a third language.
I tried two basic installations on a USB flash (English and Greek) and it becomes very awkward to use (especially when there are a lot of changes in the same page. It is almost impossible to use with this method.
Then I tried adding a second keyboard using menu/Setup/Mouse/Keyboard Wizard then advanced Xorg keyboard configuration, then layouts and add a second language. Then click Yes to activate, but nothing happens (I tried various combination of keys to change keyboard language but nothing appears to work).
The only partial success ( which unfortunately has no practical use) is to go to menu/Setup/Mouse/Keyboard Wizard and then choose keyboard for your country, select one language only , restart X and in the process loose all previous entries including the file where the test was done. Unfortunately this will not work in my case.

Then I tried to understand how Scim works and found this page, but here I am totally lost.

I am debating if I should simply give up, but I think it will be a pity, since this software has so many good things to offer.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Costas
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nooby

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Oct 2011, 16:13    Post subject:  

I trust that the post below will help you and my old text only confuse you so I edited it
Tell us if it did work for you?

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saintless


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PostPosted: Tue 04 Oct 2011, 16:30    Post subject: Re: I am impressed but have one serious problem
Subject description: adding extra language and keyboard switch at will
 

costas100 wrote:

Then I tried adding a second keyboard using menu/Setup/Mouse/Keyboard Wizard then advanced Xorg keyboard configuration, then layouts and add a second language. Then click Yes to activate, but nothing happens (I tried various combination of keys to change keyboard language but nothing appears to work).
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In the menu window where you choose layout and layout variant you have another menu "Options". On the top you have "Group shift/lock behavior" where you can choose key combination to change the layout.

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costas100


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PostPosted: Wed 05 Oct 2011, 09:27    Post subject: I am impressed but have one serious problem
Subject description: Problem solved for now
 

Thank you saintless I like this user name it has a deep meaning, after going through some trials under the options tab I managed to now have the two languages active and switching with the alt+shift keys

Thank you nooby, I did a search using your user name and keyboard and found many pages but none with the confusing data or the edited version. If you get the chance please send me the links.

To both of you many thanks and best regards

Costas
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Flash
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PostPosted: Wed 05 Oct 2011, 10:49    Post subject:  

Nooby confused you by posting something above, then deleting the contents of his post. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed 05 Oct 2011, 13:06    Post subject:  

Yes kind of you to not ban me for that outrageous behavior Smile
But trust me what I wrote there was misleading most likely if
one read it in relation to saintless text that is right on!

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darkcity


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PostPosted: Wed 05 Oct 2011, 16:02    Post subject:  

this wiki page says some similar things

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/KeyboardLayouts

Is the description nice and clear? Also what is Scim?

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saintless


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PostPosted: Wed 05 Oct 2011, 16:48    Post subject:  

darkcity wrote:
this wiki page says some similar things

http://puppylinux.org/wikka/KeyboardLayouts

Is the description nice and clear? Also what is Scim?

Twisted Evil


I think the description in your link is OK.
I also didn't know what SCIM is. Here is the explanation:
From Wikipedia
From wikka

Edit: Here is a very good tutorial for adding keyboard layout in puppy linux:
http://nediko.info/tutorials.php?e=os&nr=7e1c01e01f0141da817d88d1bae4f852

It is written in bulgarian language, but I think the pictures are enough to be clear for everybody.
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