Bandwidth across the Great Firewall sucks. That means that downloading an ISO can take hours, even a whole day, if you are pulling it from another country.
Thank you 163.com:
For instance, go here to grab your preferred version of Ubuntu Precise:
Until recently I was a long time user of SCIM, and then, at around the same time I noticed that the Ubuntu Desktop default was IBUS, and that SCIM was on it's way out.
Getting SCIM to work has always been somewhat dodgy, and I am happy to say that IBUS is less so.
I recently discovered that there is a native Linux QQ chat client, but published by a Chinese company and apparently(?) not Open Source. For a long time I have run Skype on my machine despite the fact that it is not Open Source, and it's bad reputation for security. But an application published by a Government-controlled Chinese company is more then I can tolerate, so I am running my QQ in a Debian VM, where I also eventually intend to exile Skype and others of its ilk.
This is an absolutely minimal VM running only fluxbox. To get Simplified Chinese input going I:
apt-get install ibus ibus-pinyin ttf-arphic-ukaiThen I ran im-config as root to select IBUS as the system master input method. And then ibus-setup as my normal user to turn on the "Chinese Pinyin" input method. I believe I restarted X somewhere along the way, and after that Ctrl-Space had me typing Chinese.