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Customize Your Laptop Keyboard with X and KDE

Jul 30, 2007, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Federico Kereki)

"I am a Linux user, and I recently got an eMachines laptop. Since I'm Uruguayan, my mother tongue is Spanish, and that presented a problem: laptops usually have an American-style keyboard, and Spanish (as well as Portuguese, French, German, and other languages) requires some special keys that aren't on American keyboards. Here's how you can get international characters on your American keyboard--and as a bonus, we'll see how you can enable the special 'media' or 'Internet' keys on some keyboards that aren't supported by Linux out of the box.

"When you set up Linux (I'm using openSUSE 10.2) the keyboard on most laptops is detected as 'Generic 104 key PC' (or 102, or a similar number; check your laptop) with a 'US English' layout..."

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