...now that the power has come back on...
The situation before
: I used a Qwerty keyboard, and only typed in English in the console, so any/all language settings I used could be set from within KDE, including inputting Russian phonetically...
The situation now
: I use a Dvorak keyboard... So I have had to do several things to try to make everything copascetic:
1 - I use 'loadkeys dvorak.map' in rc.keymap so I can type Dvorakly in the console (e.g. before starting X).
2 - In xorg.conf, I have-- Option "XkbLayout" "us"
-and- Option "XkbVariant" "dvorak"
--so I can log in (KDM) and otherwise work dvorakly in English, within X.
The trouble is, when I switch KDE to inputting Russian (phonetically), the keyboard layout (variant) reverts to Qwerty. I cannot figure out how to get the dvorak-ness to remain, along with the phonetic+Russian input; in other words, I can have Qwerty+Russian, or Qwerty+Russian+phonetic, but not Dvorak+Russian+phonetic.
Google, my docs, and browsing /usr/lib/X11R6/.. and /opt/kde/.. has given me lots of info on console fonts, keyboards/layouts, maps, X-related stuff, but the best I have come up with (by reading between the lines) is that I may need to create my own keymap. What I want doesn't seem to be pre-existing.. I have tried a whack of experiments with setxkblayout/variant/keymap/option too, to no avail..
Before I get further underway, can anyone shed any light on this?