Linux - GeneralThis Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
Two keyboards are tehnically possible. I have one usb keyboard that I mainly use, but if a kernel upgarde fails and I don't have usb support I can plug in my old ps2-keyboard and they both work once I get the usb modules loaded.
If you want to have different layouts as well it takes some twaking depending on your window manager and distro. I know that Knoppix (KDE) allows you to change key layout "on-the-fly", but I can't help anymore on that one.
Yes, a ps2 keyboard and a USB (wireless) keyboard works at the same time, I can input using whichever I want. I am not sure whether 2 (or more) usb keyboards works as wel but I think it will work. The bigger problem is how to change the keymap easily.
For me, both of my keyboards work concurrently. I connect both because the USB keyboard isn't recognized until Linux is fully loaded. However, if you need two different layouts at the same time, that will be a different story. I use a USB multimedia keyboard, any of the multimedia keys that work, function without affecting the PS/2 keyboard. Language differences will cause the same keys to behave differently. I wouldn't be surprised if it could be done, but I don't think that any window manager/desktop manager has such a feature.
As I said earlier I know that Knoppix allows you to change keymap settings directly from a menu. I am not sure if this is a standard feature in KDE or something hacked by Knoppix developers as this is very handy to have on a live CD. I believe changing keymaps can be done (more or less easily), I just don't know where to start as I have never needed this feature.
I was just messing around with WindowMaker's settings. They have an option to allow you to put a toggle on the title bar. Mine only shows "E", I guess if I had another layout setup as my default it would toggle or list the other ones.
I don't know if this is worth switching window managers for, but it is yet another choice.
In kde, you can easily change keyboard settings with a system tray icon. Just go to Control centre=>regional=> keyboard layout and add the layouts you want, then go to the switching options tab and activate the system tray flag. You can also bind it to a keyboard shortcut. I highly doubt you can get a different layout for the two keyboards (at least, not easily).
Also, I'm not sure about the situation in Germany, but here (in Canada) you can buy keyboards with bilingual French/English layouts printed on them.
Last edited by stefan_nicolau; 03-05-2006 at 03:15 PM.
Distribution: Debian Etch with Kernel 2.6.x (latest vanila)
I tasted 3 keyboards on my notebook. The integrated, an usb and a ps2 keyboard at the same time. But I think it's impossible to get to different keymappings at the same time. So all keyboards have the same keymapping at the same time.
I use KDE on Mandriva. I use a Russian layoutas well as English, so I just set up F12 (in configuration>KDE>accessibility) to switch. Make sure that your hot key is the same in both layouts, or you won't be able to switch back.