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  1. Is phonetic typing for Tamil available in Ubuntu 12.04?
  2. How can I install it?
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mmauran.net/blog/?p=102 - I got the solution. Thanks all who viewed. –  parithimathi May 1 '12 at 18:02

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Yes. You can type Tamil phonetically in Ubuntu 12.04.

Install the following packages:

sudo apt-get install m17n-db m17n-contrib ibus-m17n

You might have to log out and back in to see the various layouts.

To enable phonetic typing for Tamil, search for Keyboard input methods in the dash and open it.

Go to Input method tab and click on Select an Input method. Scroll down to Tamil and you will have a couple of options to install. Choose Phonetic from the list and install it.

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Ctrl+Space to start using தமிழ் phonetic and also to revert to English. –  parithimathi Jul 1 '12 at 17:38
Thanks for that. If either of the answer helped you, consider accepting the answer. Thanks again! –  jokerdino Jul 2 '12 at 6:22
thanks for a detailed answer with screenshots. but by default we don't have all the keyboard layouts listed. looks like the other answer points to the post which points out the packages to install to get the relevant keyboards (including phonetic and tamil99) –  ragu.pattabi Jul 28 '12 at 13:59
phonetic-ஐ விட தமிழ்99 keyboard layout சிறந்தது. கற்றுக் கொள்வது எளிது. தமிழை தமிழிலேயே அடிக்கலாம். தங்கிலீஷில் தட்டுவது சற்று கேவலம் என்பதை விட ஒரு தமிழ் வார்த்தை தட்ட அதிக விசைகளை தட்ட வேண்டியிருக்கிறது. தமிழ்99 பற்றி மேலும் tamil99.org –  ragu.pattabi Jul 28 '12 at 14:33
@jokerdino For Bangla "Probhat" is more closer to phonetic style. Though it has some own settins. খুব ভালো –  Anwar Shah Jul 28 '12 at 15:47

my answer is plz read this article http://www.anbuthil.com/2012/07/install-how-to-install-ubuntu-in-tamil.html

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  fossfreedom Jul 30 '12 at 14:58
The article is in the wrong language. This site uses English. –  hexafraction Aug 19 '12 at 20:05
@ObsessiveFOSS But the question is about typing in Tamil. So it makes sense to post the link in the same language. –  balki Sep 29 '12 at 17:06

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