How to enable On-Screen Keyboard in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

Turning on the on-screen keyboard in Ubuntu Linux is a little more complicated than it should be. These tips should work for any version of Ubuntu within the last few years, but I’m using Ubuntu version 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

The simple way to enable the on-screen keyboard is to run the program from the Terminal:

$ onboard

However, if you cannot use the keyboard, you cannot type. On to method 2:

  • Go to System -> Preferences -> Assistive Technologies in the Ubuntu menu.
  • Select “Enable assistive technologies”.
  • Click “Preferred Applications”.
  • Under Mobility, select onBoard from the drop-down menu. Check “Run at start”.
  • Log out and log back in, and the On Screen Keyboard is now enabled.

If you want to enable the on-screen keyboard at the login screen, please read my VMware Lucid Lynx guide, it’s explained as part of that tutorial.

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  2. Thanks, Chris, this was helpful. The steps are a bit different as of 7/24/2011.

    1. Login to GoDaddy
    2. Click My Account on the top listing
    3. Click “My Payment Information” on the left side nav bar
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    6. Click the “Auto” column header and look for any items turned “On”
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    8. On the right side of page, check “Disable Auto Renew” then “Save Changes”.

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  3. Before I found these instructions I went to what I thought wasthe obvious link “My Renewals” but this has NO SSL certificates listed. I assumed that they weren’t auto-renewing. Their 15 and 30 day reminder email messages make NO mention of auto-renew (unlike their domain renewals).

    Suddenly we had our credit card hit. Not only do they auto-renew, they do it a month BEFORE the certificate is due to expire!!! I wouldn’t normally worry but this was a Wildcard certificate that cost $200. We had to drop it because we also found their claim of 99% compatibility to be untrue. I didn’t work on versions of Safari for the iPhone.

    Definitely deceptive. I have a complaint in to them now. If they don’t resolve it I’ll have American Express reverse the charge :)

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  4. THX that is whot i nead :)
    Sory 4 my english i am from poland
    THAT IS WORKING on MK802 android mini pc (right now uUbuntu MiniPC)

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