Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06 Beta on my Laptop

Recently I updated my HP-Compaq nx6120 laptop with Ubuntu Dapper Drake alpha 6.06 release. Then I have updated to Beta-2 release. Here is the screenshot of this cute desktop. The first impression is Fantastic Performance and eye candy.


Following are the improvements over Breezy 5.10 version:
1. Faster booting – takes just 55 seconds to get complete desktop (with auto login) with default installation
2. Nice GUI shutdown
3. Faster GNOME – takes 3-4 seconds to get desktop from gdm.
4. Samba client and Server – I am able to connect to all my Windows PCs and Servers in LAN without any issues (in breezy, it was not so – the performance was not consistent). Shared Folder works just like that.
5. SMB Printer config – Able to configure easily, Windows (SMB) Printer through GUI tool without any issue.
6. Unicode in Firefox – Tamil fonts are perfectly displayed
7. SCIM Input for Tamil – Amazing integration with Text applications such as gedit and mousepad. This is first time I am able to successfully key in Tamil in phonetic keyboard layout on Linux. It is just a matter of selecting language from applet.
8. GNOMEBaker – import session works without any flaw.
9. OpenOffice – starts and works faster
10. GDebi Package installer – Double click .deb file to install it.
11. Power Management – Nice GUI tool for sleep, hibernate controls – (but sleep and hibernat not working in my laptop – to be tweaked)
12. Better font rendering – additional font settings
13. Simple Sound Preference tool

Other **not working** aspects (like Sleep/Hibernate) are yet to be analysed.

I have made the scim as default input module by replacing the /etc/X11/Xsession.d/90im-switch with the following script:

export XMODIFIERS=”@im=SCIM”
export GTK_IM_MODULE=”scim”
export XIM_PROGRAM=”scim -d”
export QT_IM_MODULE=”scim”

This script made me to enable the scim for firefox and Openoffice.org applications also. Great Internationalization works, thanks to Mr.Mark Shuttleworth. I have typed the following tamil and hindi characters in firefox at edit post.
தமிழ் हिनदि ! How is it?

Hats off to Open Source – GNU- Linux – GNOME – Ubuntu team!

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  1. Hi Omi Azad,
    1. Backup /etc/X11/Xsession.d/90im-switch as /etc/X11/Xsession.d/90im-switch.bak
    2. Open /etc/X11/Xsession.d/90im-switch with any editor and delete all contents. copy and paste the below four lines in that file and save.
    export XMODIFIERS=”@im=SCIM”
    export GTK_IM_MODULE=”scim”
    export XIM_PROGRAM=”scim -d”
    export QT_IM_MODULE=”scim”
    3. Logout and Login.

  2. —————————————
    /etc/X11/Xsession.d/90im-switch with the following script:

    | export XMODIFIERS=”@im=SCIM”
    | export GTK_IM_MODULE=”scim”
    | export XIM_PROGRAM=”scim -d”
    | export QT_IM_MODULE=”scim”

    Can you please be more specific about the above instruction? I mean I’m very new in Linux and I don’t know how to replace the switch with the above script. Can you please tell me how to do that? Like what file I should open in text editor and replace which line with what, or what command I should execute from command line. It would be very helpful if you explain a bit more.

    Thanks in advance

  3. Hi,
    How do i enable phonetic typing of tamil unicode in ubuntu draper.
    Say for instance Thanthai in tamil as it is pronounced


  4. that is good. where is your email id?
    1. I don’t use Kate. So no idea about it. But I use to have profiles in GEdit (in gnome). One profile for english and another for tamil. So I can define the fonts,size and other aspects also. I believe Kate also has profile feature.
    2. Use w for “ந்”; n for “ன்”; N for “ண்”

  5. Thanks for your blog.

    I run Kubuntu Dapper on a PC and am trying out SCIM for Tamil.

    I have two questions:

    1. How does one select the default Tamil font in Kate for example?

    2. I am trying phonetic Tamil input. Most entries work as guessed, but how does one get the “n” that comes before “tha” as in Thanthai (father in Tamil)?

    I thought that the Itrans scheme would work, but did not find it to be so.

    I have other questions as well, but getting answers to these two would be a good start.

    Please reply to my email address.

    Thank you.

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