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Old 02-28-2006, 03:04 AM   #1
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Linux with 2 keyboards?


Hi everyone,

have you ever played the thought (espacially those german guys and girls out there) to connect 2 keyboards to your linux-machine - one with a english layout and the other with german layout ????

Has anyone ever managed to do that?

Is it possible?
 
Old 02-28-2006, 03:53 AM   #2
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Hello!

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.

Razze
 
Old 02-28-2006, 04:12 AM   #3
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Have you ever tried using 2 keyboards concurrently ?
 
Old 02-28-2006, 04:33 AM   #4
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Hello!

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.

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Old 02-28-2006, 04:46 AM   #5
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Hi All;

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.

jr
 
Old 02-28-2006, 05:14 AM   #6
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Hello!

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.

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Old 03-04-2006, 07:12 PM   #7
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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.

jer
 
Old 03-05-2006, 04:11 PM   #8
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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 04:15 PM.
 
Old 03-05-2006, 06:39 PM   #9
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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.
 
Old 03-16-2006, 04:11 AM   #10
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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.
 
  


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