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#1 2005-08-02 15:26:08

normc
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Keyboard suggestions

I need (want) to change my keyboard, any suggestions for one that will work well with linux (arch).


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#2 2005-08-02 15:36:10

Snowman
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From: Montreal, Canada
Registered: 2004-08-20
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

Most ordinary keyboards works well in Linux (from my personal experience). If you want a multimedia keyboard, you can take a look at the keybords supported by lineak:  http://lineak.sourceforge.net/index.php?nav=keyboards

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#3 2005-08-02 15:45:24

ozar
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

I always go with the most generic models I can find.  Tried one of the fancy Logitechs with gobs of buttons a while back but returned it and went with another $7 generic model... it's good to be happy again.  smile


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#4 2005-08-02 16:00:16

phrakture
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#5 2005-08-02 16:05:21

ozar
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

That's a fancy looking one for sure.  I actually like the layout and overall design, but don't think I'd want the keys lighting up.


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#6 2005-08-02 16:14:29

phrakture
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

ozar wrote:

That's a fancy looking one for sure.  I actually like the layout and overall design, but don't think I'd want the keys lighting up.

The keys are all LCD, so they change depending on usage... I think it's ingenious...

I'd makup my own layout for kicks

PS http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/keyboards/

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#7 2005-08-02 16:23:23

arooaroo
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

I still have one of those MS egonomic keyboards. It was a "pro" edition I seem to recall as I have a row of extra media and net buttons above the F keys. I haven't actually assigned them to actions, but they are supported in KDE at least with little effort.

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#8 2005-08-02 23:24:08

Algol
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

This one is cheap, and really nice to type with: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/partn … 0,detail=2

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#9 2005-08-03 08:53:21

lanrat
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From: Poland
Registered: 2003-10-28
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

normc wrote:

I need (want) to change my keyboard, any suggestions for one that will work well with linux (arch).

Basically most popular keyboards (including multimedia keyboards) will work fine with arch. Sometimes you can use one of default xorg configs, sometimes you need to make your own config to have all keys/buttons/wheels working.

I'm using Logitech Cordless Desktop MX and I had to set additional keycodes but now I have all keys working (including F-lock keys).

If you don't want to spend much time for keyboard configuration go to Lineak site and choose one of the supported keyboards (even if you are not going to use lineakd check the list because standard configs in xorg are borrowed from lineak project).
Also avoid keyboards with extra windows drivers.

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#10 2005-08-03 09:32:48

iphitus
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From: Melbourne, Australia
Registered: 2004-10-09
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

I'm going to buy an Apple keyboard when i get my new computer.

they look cool, dont take up heaps of space, and are sweet to type on.

i might even get their new mouse too tongue

iphitus

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#11 2005-08-03 09:58:31

Moo-Crumpus
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Registered: 2003-12-01
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

phrakture wrote:
ozar wrote:

That's a fancy looking one for sure.  I actually like the layout and overall design, but don't think I'd want the keys lighting up.

The keys are all LCD, so they change depending on usage... I think it's ingenious...

I'd makup my own layout for kicks

PS http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/keyboards/

I wonder if the optimus keyboard will work under linux, 2...


Frumpus addict
[mu'.krum.pus], [frum.pus]

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#12 2005-08-03 10:05:25

oscar
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From: Linköping, Sweden
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

Buy yourself a nasty Keytronic 2001 Ergo Pro! smile
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#13 2005-08-03 11:32:55

scarecrow
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Registered: 2004-11-18
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Re: Keyboard suggestions

I still use a PS/2 Microsoft Internet keyboard (really cheap stuff) for the last five years, which works splendidly with any Linux I've tried. My experience with Intellimouse's was much worse (3 of them BLR within months, but my current Intellimouse (PS2/USB) works fine on both ports. Actually these are all the MS-related stuff I have currently!


Microshaft delenda est

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#14 2005-08-03 11:36:26

neri
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From: Victoria, Canada
Registered: 2003-05-04
Posts: 552

Re: Keyboard suggestions

Well, first and foremost, after trying a whole bunch of keybourds over the years, there is one survivor:
http://www.dansdata.com/ibmkeyboard.htm
personally I have the 1391403, which features an exchagable cable for din or ps2 connectors. Date of manufacturing: 1989/08/22, no Windows keys and loud as hell. But hey there is no keyboard I can type on faster.
I would n't know where to get it or something compareable from these days hmm

As a Notebook junkie, the second choice is
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/produ … ENTID=9575
I got myself one a t christmas otherwise too expensive sad
The mediakeays ar easily detectable, I entered them into .xmodmap

keycode 122 = XF86Search
keycode 129 = XF86AudioMedia
keycode 130 = XF86MyComputer
keycode 144 = XF86AudioPrev
keycode 153 = XF86AudioNext
keycode 160 = XF86AudioMute
keycode 162 = XF86AudioPlay
keycode 164 = XF86AudioStop
keycode 174 = XF86AudioLowerVolume
keycode 176 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume
keycode 223 = XF86Standby
keycode 236 = XF86Mail

The best thing is that gmpc can read out the XF86 keynames automatically smile

-neri

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