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It may not be possible with certain flavours of Linux to enter unicode characters in LyX using Ctrl-Shift-U then the character code point.
Unicode input using Ctrl-Shift-U
There are a variety of means for entering characters other than those shown on the keycaps of your keyboard. Linux machines running GTK-powered desktop environments (e.g. Gnome, Cinnamon, MATE) typically allow any unicode character to be quickly entered by first pressing Ctrl-Shift-U, which typically causes a
On Ubuntu Linux 13.10 and potentially other versions of Ubuntu/Linux you may find that Ctrl-Shift-U does not allow unicode characters to be entered in LyX. This is most likely due to LyX using the Qt rather than GTK library for its interface and Ctrl-Shift-U not typically being mapped to unicode input in Qt applications.
One method for enabling Ctrl-Shift-U in LyX on Ubuntu Linux 13.10
Note that this method worked for the author but may include extraneous steps and has not been widely tested.