Write Bangla on Debian 9 Xfce

You can write Bangla easily on Debian 9 Xfce using the iBus system. Just follow the instructions below:

  • Open the terminal window and execute the following command:
sudo apt-get install ibus ibus-m17n m17n-db m17n-contrib ibus-gtk
  • Now from Settings, open Session and Startup. Go to Application Autostart tab. Click on Add button.
  • Now in the adjacent text-boxes of Name, Description and Command fields, fill-up them like the following:
Name: IBus daemon
Description: Start the IBus daemon when Xfce starts
Command: /usr/bin/ibus-daemon -d
  • Click Ok
  • Now Restart your computer. After a reboot, you would see a Language bar indicated by a EN sign in the Xfce panel. Right Click on it. Select Preferences. Click on Input Method tab. Now click on Add. It’d open a Select an input method window. Click on the sign indicating more, scroll down and you’d find Bengali. Click on it. Select any input method. I use the unijoy (m17n) keyboard layout for it’s akin to the Bijoy keyboard layout. Now click on Add.
  • Now Close it.
  • That’s it. You’re done. From now on, may it be the LibreOffice Writer or Facebook: whenever you want to write Bangla, just press the Superkey (Windows key) and Spacebar together and it would switch to the Bangla keyboard. Press Superkey+Spacebar again to toggle the selection.