IBus is severely broken in just-released Ubuntu 13.10.
First of all, where is the IBus Preferences program? I mean I can launch it manually via terminal, but it's useless. Trying to launch the Preferences for Pinyin does nothing and gives me this error:
I have read on this forum to go looking for a "Region & Language" menu. There is none on Ubuntu 13.10. Yes I went to Language Support and installed Chinese and made sure Keyboard input method system was set to IBus; yes I launched im-config and rebooted; yes I opened Text Entry Settings and added Pinyin as a source. Yeah that doesn't help. If I switch to IBus via the shortcut, it still shows "En". If I click "En" and manully switch it to Pinyin, yes Pinyin input does work, but not the way I have it set. In both ibus-setup and Text Entry it's set to give me a VERTICAL list of candidates, and I'm consistently getting a horizontal list. And because I can't get to Pinyin Preferences, I can't change any Pinyin settings, which I absolutely NEED to be able to do, otherwise I'm just stuck with whatever the default settings are for Pinyin input.
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "main.py", line 24, in <module>
ImportError: No module named ibus
It was even worse in Kubuntu beta 2 (haven't tried official release), where merely installing Chinese input changed the language in some of the applications without my knowledge or consent. Imagine a beginning Chinese student trying to read the output of apt-get in Chinese localization!
And look at this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ibus
System > Preferences > Ibus Preferences? That sounds like it was written 5 years ago and never updated.
Go to System->Preferences->Ibus Preferences.