ᎣᏏᏲ ᎪᎵ! Howdy Corrie.
I'm a Slackware and tiling window manager user, and I rely on typing everything from a terminal or a program such as fbrun, or an internal program such as launcher with wmfs.
However, Me and ᎹᎦᎵ use what's called an .XCompose file which resides in a users home directory. This allows us to use what is called "dead keys", meaning that if I press the 'g' key, then I press the 'a' key to get the Cherokee letter Ꭶ. Makes the keyboard layouts much simpler and allows us to use numbers and other symbols on the keyboard as well. Also, we don't have to learn new keyboard layouts.
(Well, that's kind of incorrect, the keyboard layout I use I must relearn, and am still trying to find a better layout that I am comfortable with. My layout currently is as follows;
qwerty = ᏔᏍᎥᎡᏖ
asdfg = ᎠᎣᎤᎢᏘ
zxcvb = ᏜᎧᏊᏃᏏ
And all my dead keys are on the other side, so to type wanige I would have to type the letters "mahfkr" ᏩᏂᎨ.
Heh! It's a little convoluted, but I it's one of my favorites I've come up with yet.
Though, I do have plans to turn my keypad into a Cherokee keyboard layout. I've got an idea how to do it, which would be interesting, extremely bizarre, though, hah)
Anyway, if you'd like to give this kind of keyboard layout a try, just let me know and I can whip you up a layout fairly quickly. Be sure to let me know if you use other characters, etc that are not on the normal 'us' keyboard.