uI am a newcomer to the linux world. Been using msoft for 20years or more. Just moved to Ubuntu since 3 weeks and I am really enjoying it.

I am needing an phonetic keyboard for arabic similar to the one at www.arabic-keyboard.org

This keyboard is not like the arabic keyboard available in ubuntu. It is a customized version. I would like to know if this is available, or how can I proceed to design one.

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This could be one feasible way: taking the ubuntu Arabic phonetic layout as a template, and customizing it (as described in the link) to meet your preferences.

Further, see Create my own keyboard input layout and the links cited therein:

Further, on the idea of porting/converting a Windoze keyboard layout to the Linux world (welcome, btw!), these links might be a good starting point:

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