Ubuntu provides the option to enable numerous language settings for your desktop.
Support for new languages can be installed via Language Support, which is found in the Administration/System menu. Depending on the language, the input method and keyboard mapping may need to be changed as well. The Smart Common Input Method (SCIM) is used in Ubuntu to switch between different input methods for complex characters in many non-Latin languages. The ctrl space hotkey is a convenient switch between different input methods.
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