The Eee PC's input method manager is called “SCIM” (Smart Common Input Method). This is a brief tutorial on how to turn scim on/off at start up.
SCIM lives in the “scim” package (the latest version of the ASUS / Xandros OS - L701_EN_184.108.40.206.iso, build 22.42, 04/03/2008 seems to contain a different Input Method tool, other than scim; This tool appears to be gcin and the packages to remove include xandros-gcin and gcin).
There is also a package called “xandros-scim” which contains the scripts necessary to make sure SCIM is launched at startup. This second package only has two files:
So typing this from the terminal will stop scim from getting loaded on startup:
sudo apt-get remove xandros-scim
In the case of the newer Input Method tool for Chinese, try
sudo apt-get remove xandros-gcin sudo apt-get remove gcin
This keeps the scim package installed. You can still run it on demand with:
You can also reverse this and make scim run on startup again by reinstalling the package:
sudo apt-get install xandros-scim
This method is insufficient with gcin, since it may prevent the taskbar applet from starting at boot-up but there are other apps - like OpenOffice - that start it as well.
Edit file /etc/alternatives/x-session-manager (also known as /usr/bin/startsimple.sh)
add a hash (ie. comment) as shown before line 27:
# [ -n “$XIM_PROGRAM” ] && $XIM_PROGRAM
To edit the file:
This is inapplicable for the newer gcin
This method will remove SCIM's icon from taskbar but SCIM will still be loaded in memory and working in background.
Right click, go to properties, select GTK properties, disable system tray icon.
To revert, open a terminal console (Ctrl + Alt + T in Easy mode), type