Last modified: Jan, 2015
Installing Chinese input method is one of the three biannual headaches when I upgrade my Linux, with the other two being wireless driver and graphic driver. While driver incompatibility can be mitigated by using older or well-supported hardware, Chinese input method is of no luck. So I guess installing a fledged Sogou Pinyin, a very popular input software in China, on my new Linux Mint 17 (based on Ubuntu LTS 14.04), deserves a separate post. Finally I bid an overdue fareware to the bitter-sweet companion of iBus over half a decade.
This tutorial works in my Linux Mint 17 (64-bit), with the Sogou Pinyin Linux package of version 1.1.0.0037.
for simplified Chinese, and
for traditional Chinese.
Download Sogou Pinyin Linux package from here, and install it.
“Start” –> “Input Method”, select “fcitx” as the input method in the startup.
“Start” –> “Fcitx Configuration”, you may see the English keyboard is already there. Add input method (the little “+” button in the lower left corner), check off “only show current language” (because the current language is English and we want to show Chinese). There are lots of input methods to choose from. All you need to do is scrolling down to the very bottom, select “Sogou Pinyin”, and click “OK”.
Restart X. And you should be able to see the pretty icon of Sogou Pinyin!