I've upgraded from Ubuntu 16.10 to 17.04 today. I'm from Bangladesh, and Bengali is my native language. There was an option to set keyboard layout to Bengali in all previous Ubuntu versions I've used. But there's no such option in 17.04, strangely. I can use Bengali by installing the package ibus-m17n, so I thought maybe there was some problem during my upgrade. But then I checked my friend's PC which runs ubuntu 16.10 and found that ibus-m17n was not installed in 16.10 but there's option for Bengali keyboard layout. So is Bengali keyboard support really removed from 17.04, or was there a problem during my upgrade?

  • Which layout were you using or interested to use? – Anwar Jun 27 '17 at 7:14

The Bangla keyboard layouts seem to have been hidden intentionally in version 2.19 of the xkb-data package, which is the one shipped with Ubuntu 17.04. You know better than me whether the reasoning behind that measure is reasonable. (I'd be interested to hear your view.)

Anyway, they are hidden and not dropped. If you open a terminal window and run this command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources show-all-sources true

the Bangla layouts should be shown in the user interface again.

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    Doesn't work for me. I don't understand why developer hide it default without any alternatives ! – shantanu Apr 20 '17 at 10:45
  • @shantanu: Which Ubuntu flavor are you using? Please follow the link I provided to see how they motivated the measure. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Apr 20 '17 at 12:57
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    @Anwar: What appear, if you install ibus-m17n, are the Bengali input methods, not the XKB keyboard layouts. They are separate things. Since the OP already mentioned ibus-m17n in the question, I see no reason to repeat it in the answer. The question is about the XKB layouts, and the change between 16.10 and 17.04 was in the xkb-data package. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Jun 27 '17 at 12:34
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    I think hiding the keyboard layouts is stupid. Particularly when ibus-m17n is not installed by default. – user68186 Aug 1 '17 at 14:01
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    @user68186: Yes, it's stupid. I just filed bug #1707929. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Aug 1 '17 at 14:37

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