Kapil Hari Paranjape
kapil at imsc.res.in
Sat Dec 6 06:37:31 MSK 2008
The article on Ubuntu and Keymap blues is (IMHO) too heavy
on opinion and too sparse in solutions. Here are some more detailed
1. The author drops openSUSE because of KDE 4.1 and feels that
openSUSE's support for Gnome is poor. So on to Ubuntu, only
to worry about the *console* keymap. This is surely odd as
one can use a terminal inside Gnome and configure its
keymap using X or gconf or whatever.
By the way the author talks about text-mode keymap when what is
meant is the vt-console keymap.
2. The author could have consolidated the complaints about
console-tools in one place and then gone on to explain how kbd is
better and can be configured. Instead we have few hints on how to
(for example) configure kdb to use the Dvorak keyboard (a problem
stated at the beginning) and lot of complaints about differences
between console-tools and kbd keymappings for function keys.
3. A sample keymap which is "sized down" and *does* fit the author's
needs would have been a good attachment to the article.
4. The author ends with "However, to make them consistent, you need
consensus." I would add that "To obtain consensus, you need a good
consistent solution to all the woes of the Linux console." Is the
author willing to propose such a solution?
A bit annoyed-ly,
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