how to write chinese character

I’m a new user of linux. I wanti to know if it’s possible to write chinese character in the different applications (openoffice, thunderbird ecc) and how to do it (keeping the original language of the OS, talian)

Yes it is, (for example) with the package SCIM ( Smart Chinese/Common Input Method platform) and the according additonal packages for the language/font/input method.

And you have posted your question in the sections for the (general) answers.

Have a lot of fun

Thanks I’ll try to istall
and where I should post my questions?

Hi renatof,
welcome to the forums!!!
(sorry I did not read the number on the right …).

Start Menue (Computer) > [YaST >] Install/Remove Software (Software Manager) > type SCIM in the search field
For the basic things you might have a look at the documentation (or just ask again - here are many users willing to help you):
SDB: Official documentation - openSUSE
YaST Software Management - openSUSE
Novell Documentation - Install Software

I am not in charge of this part of the forums so I am just writing as a ‘normal’ user:

It depends on the issue of your question.
Probably in one of the other (sub-)forums of the section
Get Technical Help Here
“Get Technical Help Here” in this example “Applications” may fit (I am not sure about that :wink: )

And I think:
Most probably your thread will just be moved by a moderator in charge or an administrator if it fits in no way in the forum you have chosen. The worst that may happen is that your question is not read by the people that could answer it and so you may not get an answer in time.

Have a lot of fun
and please do not hesitate to ask again if any questions are open.
(I was just a bit in a hurry so my first answer may look a bit harsh - sorry for that.)


Hello renatof,

I have been searching for a documentation / help text for SCIM / skim but there seems to be not much:
Documentation / Wiki / SCIM - SCIM

I am not using this input method for Chinese characters but sometimes for Korean characters (Hangul) but please do not hesitate to ask further if any problems are appearing.


I found an article on the traditional Chinese wiki of openSUSE including the word “SCIM”:
輸入法 - openSUSE](

I am not able to understand it but maybe it will help you?


Moving this to the general tech support forums.