Ge'ez is an East-African alphabet.

Using the powerful Eclipse IDE editor, it is possible to switch "Input Type" to Tigrinya (EZ+). Typing the 5 letters selam will then result in the 3 Ge'ez letters: ሰላም

I am looking for a similar feature for OpenOffice, LibreOffice, gedit or Gnome in general. I have been able to set this up in Ubuntu, but I have no success with Mint.

I am using Linux Mint 17.2 'Rafaela'. Answers are welcome for CINNAMON or MATE.


I tested this on Linux Mint 17.2 'Rafaela' Cinnamon 62-bit.

  1. Install the package ibus-m17n Install ibus-m17n

  2. Select Keyboard Input Methods from the startmenu or which starts ibus-setup:

    Keyboard Input Methods in the mnu

  3. Select sera m17n as a new Input Method and press Add. Close this dialog.

    Add *sera m17n* as a new IBUS Input Method

  4. Go to System Settings -> Language -> Input Method and check two things here: First input method must be set to IBUs, secondly see if IBus missing components it offers you to install here. If they are missing install them.

    Check that IBUS is the Input Mehtod

  5. Logout, Login or Reboot

  6. From now on, pressing Ctrl+Space will switch between all added input methods:

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