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Old 12-05-2004, 01:23 PM   #1
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Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Distribution: Slackware, Opensuse
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dvorak made easy (slackware)

Didn't know if this was the right place to post this, but here we go.

When I got interested in dvorak I found it hard to find info on how one would go about to install / config it.
That is why I'm helping (i hope at least ) those who, like me, uses slackware and wants to try out dvorak.
Remember that it takes at least 2-3 week with normal usage to see any improvments in typing speed. You have years more with experience using qwerty or the likes.

To find out what dvorak is, go here: dvorak international
dvorak drivers (console) for Sweden, Norway: Swedish dvorak keyboard layout

Now down to business....

The easiest way to try dvorak is to do it in X. Here is two steps to do so:

1. Find an old, unused, keyboard and remove the keys and put them back in this order.

(American dvorak w/o shift)

(American dvorak with shift)

2. Open up a terminal(console), your favorite, and type: setxkbmap -model 102 -layout dvorak

There you go!!! All done!! Now to set it back to normal type: setxkbmap -model 102 -layout us.

If you like me live in northen europe, Sweden with neighbours, you do like this:
Follow step 1 but put the keys in this order...

Follow step 1 but put the keys in this order...
(Swedish dvorak w/o shift)

(Swedish dvorak with shift)

(Swedish dvorak with alt-gr)

Now you type: setxkbmap -model 105 -layout dvorak -variant se (or no if you live in Norway).

If you feel that is your piece of cake and you wish to use it all the time, even in console-mode , then you edit your xorg.conf / xfree86.conf. Find the line that says "Input devices" and "Core keyboard's InputDevice section" and go down to were it says "# These are the default XKB settings for X.Org" (or XFree86).

Modifie the lines that says, if any of these line are missing just type them in:
Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
Option "XkbLayout" "dvorak"
*****************Northen Europe Only*******************
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "dvorak"
Option "XkbVariant" "sv" (or no)

Console-mode dvorak:
edit /etc/rc.d/rc.keymap and change the line "/usr/bin/loadkeys <your keymap>" to "/usr/bin/loadkeys". If in northen europe then instead of just dvorak type "".

Hope this helped someone out there....
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