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Need Ubuntu program that allows 5+ FL keyboard layout groups

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I'm looking for a program or command line or anything that would allow me to have more than the maximum 4 keyboard layout language groups that keyboard preferences in Ubuntu restricts me too. I can work with 5, but more would be better. I like to switch between US and UK but need German, Russian, Hebrew, Greek, and French as I use these languages often either in conversing, researching, Bible Study, or word game making. Its a pain in the rear to have to go into preferences to disable a keyboard layout so that I can add one I need. Currently, I only have US, German, Hebrew, and Russian keyboard layouts.
Jun 24 '09 #1
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I'm not sure if this is the solution, but try this:
  1. Open a terminal
  2. Make a copy of the xorg.conf file:
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    1. sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.BACKUP
  3. Edit the xorg.conf file with your favourite browser, e.g.:
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    1. sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    (You can replace gedit with annother editor, like vim, nano, kate, gvim, mousepad, ed or any other one you choose.)
  4. Look for the section called "InputDevice" and the Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
  5. Add whatever layouts you want to the option "XkbLayout" if that exists. Which entries you'll need I can't say for sure, but US will most likely be "us", UK "gb" or "uk", german will be "de" (maybe "de_nodeadkeys") and greek will probably be either "gr" or "el". The rest, you'll have to find out for your self. I'm sure, Google will help you there. You can also try checking the directory, where the keymaps are saved - on my system, that's
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    1. /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols
Hope, that helps. If it doesn't, just restore the previous settings with:
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  1. sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf && sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf.BACKUP /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Jun 29 '09 #2
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That doesn't work. ;) But that's okay. I'm going to go through the SCIM manual. It does have some issues with Opera, but I went back to Firefox, as Opera and Ubuntu really doesn't work well anyhow.

My keyboard is acting up again (pre-ubuntu issue). So I think it is wise I replace it before I get more than 4 keyboard layouts working only because if screen freezes or something that causes me to have to reboot, I might have issues logging in only because my keyboard might not work properly. I'm typing in caps now. :D But you won't see caps.
Jul 1 '09 #3
3,112 Expert 2GB
OK, good luck with that then!

Mind you, I've never had real problems with Opera and Ubuntu, but then I haven't used it that much either. Firefox is certainly a good choice. ^^

Jul 3 '09 #4

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