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Master Your Linux Keyboard (And Fix Caps Lock Forever)

Jul 10, 2007, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"The placement of the caps lock key is a demonstration of malicious cunning. It's above the shift key and it's usually oversized, so it's way too easy to hit it when you don't want to, which for me is all the time. On a case-sensitive operating system it's not all that useful anyway. Unhappy users often resort to remedies like prying it off entirely or covering it with duct tape. You can do this if you're careful, but elite geeks resort to more sophisticated measures that do not mangle their nice keyboards. It's not the fault of the keyboards that manufacturers have giant Windows-sized blind spots, and as always, Linux makes lemonade out of lemons and provides useful alternatives.

"The tricky bit with xbindkeys-config is knowing the correct application launching commands. The simplest command is the program's name with no options, like kate or gimp or firefox. (Shame on Linux distributions and desktop environments that obscure the real application names - users will not faint at the sight of useful information.) Anything that works on the command line will work in xbindkeys-config. For launching graphical applications with rootly powers, or as any other user, you need gksu or kdesu."

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