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Old 02-06-2009, 03:14 PM   #1
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Question Linux Keyboard


OK, I bought a new PC, Monitor, Logitech G5 Laser mouse but i can't find a keyboard All keyboard seem to be for Windows only.. Where do you guys find linux keyboards?? I'm so confused..
 
Old 02-06-2009, 03:24 PM   #2
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Any keyboard will do. Do not not be fooled by tags saying it is for Windows.

But get one with a physical link to the computer

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Old 02-06-2009, 03:34 PM   #3
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OK, I bought a new PC, Monitor, Logitech G5 Laser mouse but i can't find a keyboard All keyboard seem to be for Windows only.. Where do you guys find linux keyboards?? I'm so confused..
AS long as they exist I use a Logitech wireless Keyboard and mouse it
works perfect in Linux
 
Old 02-07-2009, 05:55 AM   #4
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OK, I bought a new PC, Monitor, Logitech G5 Laser mouse but i can't find a keyboard All keyboard seem to be for Windows only.. Where do you guys find linux keyboards?? I'm so confused..
Products are labeled as being 'Windows' compatible or certified because companies know that a lot of people know next to nothing about computers and won't buy anything unless it explicitly says it works with Windows. My last monitor came with a big sticker attached to it declaring that is was certified for use with Windows Vista Premium. I use it on my Apple Mac.

As others have said, just buy a keyboard. Any keyboard. It'll work.
 
Old 02-07-2009, 06:30 AM   #5
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I've never had a keyboard not work with Linux. I don't think such a thing exists. i.e. All keyboards will work.
 
Old 02-07-2009, 11:11 AM   #6
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OK guys but why do i see Windows Key on all keyboards?? Doesn't that mean that they are for windows or something??
 
Old 02-07-2009, 11:51 AM   #7
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OK guys but why do i see Windows Key on all keyboards?? Doesn't that mean that they are for windows or something??
That what M$ wants you to think, but no. The keyboard manufacturers had to do it otherwise their products would not be deemed M$ certified or compatible with Window$.

Just buy any that you like and it will work. Heck even keyboards with Micro$oft on them (supposedly made by the evil empire, but in reality made by Logitech) work just fine ... I'm typing on one now.

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Old 02-07-2009, 12:05 PM   #8
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OK.. i got that now

But do you guys really think that even Linus Torvalds is making Linux kernel with keyboard that has Windows logo on it?
 
Old 02-07-2009, 05:11 PM   #9
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QueenZ, I'll address your tone by saying that, just as you're pointing out, it seems a little silly sometimes to me that we use peripherals and many other things that bear the bannered emblem of a competing commercial entity. However, I suppose it's part of the hacker creed and *nix history that we make due with what's generally available, applying it to our particular needs and finding accommodation in that. So, perhaps what defines a Linux keyboard is the implementation of the device.

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Where do you guys find linux keyboards?
As to the question of a Linux peripheral of this type, the only one I've heard of would be the Happy Hacking Keyboard. However, with many of the accustom keys being function (fn) based I suppose the user would have to be awfully dexterous.

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OK guys but why do i see Windows Key on all keyboards?
The Windows Key page of Wikipedia under the section Licensing would be helpful for answering that. Also, see the Usage with other operating systems section of that same page, just to ease your mind.

Many Microsoft Windows operating system users are legitimately frustrated with the accidental hitting of these keys and take measures to turn off their functionality.

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I bought a new PC, Monitor, Logitech G5 Laser mouse but i can't find a keyboard.
Congratulations on the new hardware QueenZ, that is always an exciting time!

I don't mean to be overbearing on the following point but instead helpful. While buying new hardware for Linux will always be rewarded and while it comes time at some point for everyone to upgrade old hardware, I've found that it isn't always necessary to buy new computers and new peripherals to run Linux on. At least, not without the consideration of what legacy hardware one has on hand that might be used piecemeal.

I hope you enjoy your new computer!
 
Old 02-07-2009, 06:21 PM   #10
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As to the question of a Linux peripheral of this type, the only one I've heard of would be the Happy Hacking Keyboard. However, with many of the accustom keys being function (fn) based I suppose the user would have to be awfully dexterous.!
Around 2004, the [WP] Cherry Corporation released a so called "Linux Keyboard" ("Cherry CyMotion Master Linux"), where the Windows Logo was replaced by Tux symbol. As it seams there are no product informations on the company's Website anymore.
 
Old 02-08-2009, 04:41 AM   #11
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So do you guys really think that Linus Torvalds is using a keyborad with windows logo on it??
 
Old 02-08-2009, 11:25 AM   #12
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Das Keyboard Ultimate. I am sure Linus knows what to press at all times.
 
  


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