I have this font that I want to use for Amharic/Ethiopic, while leaving the default for other characters, notably Latin. The problem is my Ubuntu OS seem to have a random way of choosing from among the numerous Ethiopic fonts I have installed. I don't wan't to choose my preferred Ethiopic font as the system default either as I don't like the Latin characters it has. Any advice on how I can manipulate or configure this?


Check this link on how to enable Amharic Input on Ubuntu 12.04


EDIT: the steps outlined are merely copied from the link above.

Installation Steps

wget -qO - http://packages.sil.org/sil.gpg | sudo apt-key add - 
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.sil.org/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) main"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ibus-kmfl  kmfl-keyboard-sil-ethiopic fonts-sil-abyssinicasil

After installation follow the following configuration steps

  1. Choose IBus as the input method

    • Open 'Language Support '
    • Choose 'ibus' from drop down following 'Keyboard input method system: ' option
    • Close
  2. Setting up Amharic

    • Open 'Keyboard Input Methods '
    • Go to 'Input Method' tab
    • Enable 'Customize active input method'
    • Select your 'Other' -> 'SIL Ethopic #.#' (#.# may change from time to time as upgrades are made) from the drop down menu and click 'Add button'
    • Move it up to the top so that whenever you run ibus you will be directly able to type in your language.
    • Close
    • Logout and Login
  3. Running IBus on System Startup

    • Open 'Startup Applications'
    • Click on the "Add" button
    • Write command as: "ibus-daemon" and give whatever name you want
    • Click on the "Add" button
    • Enable it
    • Close

You should get a keyboard icon on the top panel near the digital clock. You can use to choose 'Other - SIL Ethiopic #.#' or press 'Ctrl + Space' keys to start typing in አማርኛ።

The guide was made by following the instruction in the following links; http://linux.lsdev.sil.org/wiki/index.php?title=Installing_KMFL_on_Ubuntu http://packages.sil.org/ http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=AbyssinicaSIL_Download https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ibus

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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! While this blog post might contain a solution to the problem, it would be preferable to include the necessary steps in your answer. – Donarsson Mar 14 '14 at 16:23
  • I appreciate you taking time to answer, but what I was looking for was a means to control what font my system chooses for Amharic. Currently I have no control on how it chooses the fonts. I am already able to type in Amharic; I even written a blog with instructions on how to enable it. BTW, this also concerns other languages with non-Latin script. – Eyob Mar 3 '15 at 10:28

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