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Malayalam language in Debian-11-KDE


Malayalam is the language spoken in Kerala state of India (My mother tongue by the way). This is a small tutorial about installing language for typing in Debian-11 Bullseye (KDE). Also, some configuration steps.


Everything is there. Just install it.

sudo apt install ibus ibus-m17n m17n-im-config ibus-gtk3
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Logout. (Important, otherwise next stop will not work).

Login again, setup

  1. Alt+F2 > ibus-setup (IBus Configurations)
  2. Add malayalam language as follows Select Input Method > Add > Click (:) like button > Malayalam > Select Swanalekha

Repeat above for all Malayalam inputs.

Running daemon

Running IBus

If IBus doesn't automatically startup at login then you need to add it to startup applications list.

Open System > Preferences > Startup Applications
Click on the "Add" button
Write command as: "ibus-daemon"
Click on the "Add" button
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Short cut to switch language is Super/WinKey+Space. Easily switch and use.
I like സ്വനലേഖ. Because, transliteration (phonetic based) is much easy to get started.

Test Drive (First in title നോക്കട്ടെ)

പ്രത്യേകം.. പറയാ‌ന്‍ ഒന്നുമില്ല .. പൊളി സാന


സ്വനലേഖ (Transliteration, I like it, it's very easy to start)

ഇന്‍സ്ക്രിപ്റ്റ് രീതി (The top quality, one I want to learn)

Other related stuff, I didn't tried.

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