Let’s start to install Bijoy Ekushe to Linux or Ubuntu.  You know, Bijoy Ekushe (Bijoy 21) is the best alternative and 100% similar of Bijoy Baynno (Bijoy 52). Both are built by Ananda Publishers.
Currently, they have published Bijoy Ekushe for Linux user and it is free to use personally. Before publishing it, many Bengali’s were waiting for Bijoy Ekushe or Baynno and are using Unijoy or Avro. See the Set up of Bijoy Ekushe (Alternative Baynnol) in Linux/Ubuntu

Install Bijoy Keyboard and write Bangla (Bijoy Classic and Unicode) in Linux.

Who had used Bijoy Baynno/Ekushe in Windows and has switched to Linux especially Ubuntu or Linux Mint, has fallen in great trouble to write Bangla in Linux smoothly. Though Unijoy offers to write Bangla in Linux as Bijoy Baynno or Ekushe there had much limitations and differences between them. Specially Unijoy is not friendly to Bijoy Classic for publishing purposes.

Install Bijoy Ekushe to Linux/Ubuntu | Write Bangla Bijoy Classic/Unicode in Linux

Obviously, Bijoy Ekushe for Linux will encourage Bengali people to switch to Linux from Windows. I am personally very thankful to Ananda Publisher.

How to Install Bijoy Ekushe in Linux OS

Since I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the most popular Linux distro, I will show how to install Bijoy Ekushe and write Bangla in Ubuntu 14.04. Don’t worry. This tutorial will work Linux mint, Ubuntu 16.04 and any other Linux version. If you face any trouble, let me know and I will help you the best.

8 Steps to install Bijoy Ekushe in Linux/Ubuntu:

  1. Download Bijoy Ekushe zip file.
    You can download from Bijoy Ekushe officially and the size of the file is 56.4 MB. It is the big size for containing many Bangla font. If you don’t want to download the big size, you can download from here the necessary file to install Bijoy Ekushe and its size if only 586 KB. After download, extract the zip file.
  2. Create a Folder named with bijoy at Desktop and move the all downloaded file to this (bijoy) folder.
  3. Open your terminal through CtrlAltT and run the following command step-by-step.
    sudo chmod 777 /usr/share/m17n/
    sudo chmod 777 /usr/share/m17n/icons/
    cd ~/Desktop/bijoy
    mv bn-bijoyClassic.mim /usr/share/m17n/bn-bijoyClassic.mim
    mv bn-bijoyClassic.png /usr/share/m17n/icons/bn-bijoyClassic.png 
    mv bn-bijoyUnicode.mim /usr/share/m17n/bn-bijoyUnicode.mim
    mv bn-bijoyUnicode.png /usr/share/m17n/icons/bn-bijoyUnicode.png 
    sudo chmod 777 /var/lib/dpkg/info/m17n-db.list
  4. Next, you have to put the following lines in /var/lib/dpkg/info/m17n-db.list. So first open your gedit on this position.
    gedit /var/lib/dpkg/info/m17n-db.list

    You will see an editable file with a lot of lines. Scroll at the end of a line.

  5. Put the following lines and close this file.

  6. Go to search bar of your Ubuntu Computer and search for Startup Applications like below.
    Startup Applications in Linux Ubuntu

    N.B. For other Linux, Version go to System → Preferences → Startup Applications Click on and you will see a pop box where has a feature to add in right. Click on “Add” and fill the empty box according to the below.

    Name: IBus Daemon
    Command: /usr/bin/ibus-daemon -d
    Comment: Start IBus daemon when Gnome starts After completing close the pop box.

  7. Restart your Computer.
  8. Now go to ‘Text Entry Setting’ by searching from Ubuntu Search bar or from the top-right corner ‘En’ option.For other Linux Version go to System → Preferences → Ibus preferences Then, click on Input Method →  Select an input method And go to Bengali → bijoyClassic (m17n), bijoyUnicode (m17n) → Add After clicking on ‘Text Entry Setting’ you will see a pop box like below.
    Text Entry Setting and Choose Keyboard Bijoy

    Click on‘+’ sign to add. Now search for ‘Bijoy’ and it will show two results: Bijoy Classic and Bijoy Unicode. First, select Bijoy Classic and ‘Add’. Similarly, add Bijoy Unicode.

You have done. Bijoy Unicode for writing on the Internet. That means if you want to write on Facebook, Comment here you have to switch to Bijoy Unicode.

Activate Bijoy Ekushe for Linux:

Currently, Ananda Publisher demands to buy License before using this application. And it is the little bit (BDT 100). You can pay manually and activate your Bijoy Ekushe for Linux.

How to switch English to Bijoy Unicode or Bijoy Classic and vice versa?

Ans: Change from ‘En’ or Bijoy Icon that locates on top-right. Or SuperkeySpacebar

LibreOffice Writer: Install the
SutonnyMJ all fonts from the downloaded zip file to write in Bijoy Classic with
SutonnyMJ Font. To get more Bengali font for Bijoy Classic and Unicode download the
Bijoy Ekushe from officially.

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