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Re: Bug#367149: kbd-chooser: [powerpc] does not detect ADB keyboards

On Mon, 2006-05-15 at 07:27 +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> The current daily images now show the AT keymap list. I've tested this on 
> Frank Lichtenheld's Powerbook G4 laptop, and all keys are mapped OK for 
> the German keyboard.
> The only change from the USB-MAC keymaps is that the apple key no longer 
> works as the modifier key. Instead these can be accessed using Fn-Alt, 
> which can probably be explained as that is probably equivalent to the 
> right-Alt key on "regular" AT keyboards on i386.
> AFAICT the options are:
> - should the AT keymaps be made to support the apple key as modifier key
> or
> - should we go back to using the USB-MAC keymaps for powerpc

This may still be necessary, as some Apple keyboards tend to have
different layouts from 'standard' PC keyboards. Just as one example, the
Swiss German Apple keyboard has the @ symbol on the G key. AFAIK in some
other countries the layout can be completely different.

> - should powerpc users learn to use Fn-Alt instead of the apple key

Not sure if the fact that newer Apple laptops treat the fn key
differently matters for this, but at any rate the whole fn concept seems
to be rather unintuitive and/or inconvenient for people, at least

> Going back to USB-MAC keymaps is possibly not the prefered option because 
> as I understand it the input layer of the 2.6 kernel translates 
> everything to "AT", so in principle all architectures should now use AT 
> keymaps.

I'm not very familiar with all the issues involved, but I suspect you
may be mixing up keycodes (and/or keysyms?) and keymaps here.

Earthling Michel Dänzer           |          http://tungstengraphics.com
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