2009/3/2 Jason Simanek <jsimanek@gmail.com>

P.S. What's the easiest way to use accented/special characters in Linux?
Right now I use the Gnome Character Palette panel item. I would love to
have a meta-key situation like on OSX. I know this isn't the place
but... any recommendations would be appreciated.

enable keyboard layouts, and choose one layout with dead keys: http://www.tuxmagazine.com/node/1000044