Set up Fcitx for Chinese and Japanese language input on Ubuntu Xenial 16.04

fcitx.pngIt was time to update to the latest Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) release again recently, and it turned out that setting up Fcitx wasn’t quite as simple this time around. Here is what I had to do to get it to work. [...]

Set up Fcitx for Chinese and Japanese language input on Ubuntu Trusty 14.04

fcitx.pngAfter recently upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (LTS), I decided to give Fcitx, the default input method framework on Ubuntu’s Chinese sister project Ubuntu Kylin, a try and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is Fcitx rock-solid and actively developed, it also offers input methods for Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and a bunch of other languages in addition to the default Chinese input methods. Here is how you get it to run on Ubuntu 14.04. [...]

LyX CJK set-up based on XeTeX and xeCJK

lyx.pngI have recently been playing around with LyX and XeTeX, a Unicode extension for TeX, to find a set-up that allows me to switch easily between various East Asian languages without entering LaTeX code. With the help of a few friends, the xeCJK manual and Richard Heck over at the LyX Mailing List, I was able to define LyX Text Styles for Chinese (Simplified and Traditional text), Japanese and Korean that can be selected via the context menu right from within LyX itself, allowing me to focus on the content of my writing and leaving the worrying about Unihan issues to someone else … [...]

Emily Chen on GNOME and free software in Asia

emily_chen.jpgSeeing how this year’s GNOME & KDE Desktop Summit was held in Berlin, I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to go and meet some of the people behind the great software we use every day. The Desktop Summit is a huge event for GNOME, KDE and free software communities, and is sponsored by some big names in the tech industry, like Intel, Canonical, Google and Red Hat. This year’s desktop summit saw some important announcements for the KDE community, such as plans to support Wayland by 2012 and the announcement of KDE Frameworks 5.0.

But fans of GNOME weren’t left out. Especially Emily Chen’s presentation on the development of GNOME in Asia was fascinating. Emily, who works as a software engineer for Oracle in China, is the organiser and founder of GNOME.Asia and the Beijing GNOME User Group. She is also involved with the Mozilla Community where she works on Firefox and Thunderbird. I met with Emily after her talk to hear more about the state of GNOME and open source software in Asia… [...]

How to install Realtek RTL8188CE WiFi drivers (ThinkPad Edge 13) on Ubuntu Natty 11.04

thinkpadedge_realtekwifi.gifAfter a two-week long battle trying to get Realtek’s RTL8188CE WiFi network card to work on Ubuntu Natty 11.04, countless reinstalls and email exchanges with Realtek’s customer support, I finally managed to get Realtek’s PCI Express Mini WiFi card to establish a stable connection. I figured I’d share my findings with the world and save other users some trouble.

Realtek’s RTL8188CE card uses the RTL8192CE chipset, which can be found in different kinds of Lenovo ThinkPad Edge laptops. Although drivers for the RTL8192CE chipset are included in Natty’s kernel, they don’t work reliably with a number of chipsets. This shouldn’t be a problem, since you can always just compile and install the official Realtek drivers yourself, right? Well, yes, you can. And in fact this worked quite well on Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) and Ubuntu Maverick (10.10). If you’re on Natty, however, you can’t simply install the original Realtek drivers over the ones already present. Also, Realtek offers two different versions of the 8192CE driver. Which is the right one to choose? Let’s take a look… [...]