Enabling Malayalam on Mandriva Linux 2009 is slightly different from Mandriva 2008 . I am using an installation from Mandriva One 2009 KDE version disc
This is how you do it :
Download and install latest Meera and Rachana from
Installing involves right clicking on the file and choosing actions->install. ( This is with KDE, something similar should be there on GNOME )
- Invoke the Mandriva Control Centre [ Menu->Tools->System Tools->Configure your Computer ] choose Software Management -> ‘Install & Remove Software ‘
- There are two drop down lists on the top left , choose ‘All’ in both .
- Search for scim-tables-ml and select it.
- Accept the dependencies. It will also ask you to choose from scim-, scim-bridge, and skim. Just choose scim
- Click on Apply.
- Invoke the Mandriva Control Centre [ Menu->Tools->System Tools->Configureyour Computer ] choose System->’Manage localization for your System’ . Now choose Malayalam in the Window that shows up. Click next and carry on with the default choices to complete the wizard. When the last Ok button is clicked, it will present you with a logout/restart/shudown window. Click logout.
- Log in now
- Open up a terminal ( ALT+F2 invokes a run dialogue and then type in ’konsole’ (without quotes) in it and press enter )
- Type in ‘su -’ (without quotes) and enter your root password when prompted.
- Now run ‘kwrite /etc/sysconfig/i18n’ (without quotes)
- Add the following text to its end
Now Logout and log back in.
The scim icon should be there in the system tray and you should be able to type in Malayalam anywhere now, just by pressing Control+Spac and choosing Swanalekha/inscript from the input method list that pops up.