The default Simplified Chinese input method in Ubuntu is ibus-pinyin, and it really sucks!!
SunPinyin is much better. It may be not as good as Sogou or Google pinyin, but it is acceptable…

SunPinyin is a statistical language model based Chinese input method, which was firstly developed by Sun Beijing Globalization team, and opensource’d to community with opensolaris project, with LGPLv2 and CDDL dual-licenses.

Install it using

The default keys for prev/next page are not -/+. To change the settings of sunpinyin, you can run

6 thoughts on “Chinese Input Method in Ubuntu – SunPinyin

  1. Leslie says:

    I am unable to run the settings: /usr/lib/ibus-sunpinyin/ibus-setup-sunpinyin
    to change the default keys. it outputs on Ubuntu 12.04:

    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ibus/bus.py”, line 61, in __init__
    self.__dbusconn = dbus.connection.Connection(common.get_address())
    TypeError: connection or str expected

    Do you have any ideas? Can you also tell me the default keys for page up/down so that I can at least have a way to do it.

    Many thanks,
    Leslie

  2. Leslie says:

    I am unable to run the settings: /usr/lib/ibus-sunpinyin/ibus-setup-sunpinyin
    to change the default keys. it outputs on Ubuntu 12.04:

    File “/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ibus/bus.py”, line 61, in __init__
    self.__dbusconn = dbus.connection.Connection(common.get_address())
    TypeError: connection or str expected

    Do you have any ideas? Can you also tell me the default keys for page up/down so that I can at least have a way to do it.

    Many thanks,
    Leslie

    1. Qin Liu says:

      Sorry, since Sogou Pinyin is available now, I don’t use sunpinyin anymore and I can’t repeat your problem.

      Maybe you can try to remove ~/.config/ibus and reboot.

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