I think that linux need to start the S.O. with Num Lock enabled by default

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I think that linux need to start the S.O. with Num Lock enabled by default

Post by re4397 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:18 pm

I think that linux need to start the S.O. with Num Lock enabled by default. numlockx library need to be installed by default

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Re: I think that linux need to start the S.O. with Num Lock enabled by default

Post by Justin_Maxwell » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:47 am

This is what I was coming here to say.

Primarily, numlockx should be part of the base distribution. I can't fathom why it's not.

And then it would make sense to default numlock on in the login screen settings.

Currently, for a subset of users, just logging on becomes a major headache. For newcomers it must be seriously off-putting.

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Re: I think that linux need to start the S.O. with Num Lock enabled by default

Post by lsemmens » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:21 am

I don't see numlock as an issue. I have it set in BIOS and never find it is an issue. Can you not enable numlock as a default in your BIOS?
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Post by Pierre » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:04 am

that's True - - Num Lock is generally Enabled or Disabled - - in the PCs BIOS . . .
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Post by Neil Edmond » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:07 am

NumLock is fine with me on a desktop keyboard, but I recently installed a distro on one of my laptops that defaulted to NumLock on, had quite the time logging in until I realized what was happening. I for one, have no use for NumLock on a laptop keyboard that does not have a separate number pad.

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Re: I think that linux need to start the S.O. with Num Lock enabled by default

Post by lsemmens » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:40 am

Neil Edmond wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:07 am
NumLock is fine with me on a desktop keyboard, but I recently installed a distro on one of my laptops that defaulted to NumLock on, had quite the time logging in until I realized what was happening. I for one, have no use for NumLock on a laptop keyboard that does not have a separate number pad.
Which is why it is set in BIOS.
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Re: I think that linux need to start the S.O. with Num Lock enabled by default

Post by Cosmo. » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:16 am

Pierre wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:04 am
that's True - - Num Lock is generally Enabled or Disabled - - in the PCs BIOS . . .
This does not work on every hardware. For me I have in BIOS numlock set to on (as I can see with the behavior of the numeric keypad in the grub menu), but in the login screen and in the desktop numlock is off.

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Post by AZgl1500 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:58 am

Pierre wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:04 am
that's True - - Num Lock is generally Enabled or Disabled - - in the PCs BIOS . . .
My daughter's new Win10 ACER laptop does NOT allow you to set numlockx ON by default.
she is using Win10, but I mention this because I looked in her BIOS and the setting is not there.

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Re: I think that linux need to start the S.O. with Num Lock enabled by default

Post by Pjotr » Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:17 pm

Neil Edmond wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:07 am
NumLock is fine with me on a desktop keyboard, but I recently installed a distro on one of my laptops that defaulted to NumLock on, had quite the time logging in until I realized what was happening. I for one, have no use for NumLock on a laptop keyboard that does not have a separate number pad.
NumLock "on" by default, is indeed disastrous on laptops that have no separate numeric pad, but only a "hidden" one that can be enabled by an Fn key combination, and which eats up half of your normal keys then. :shock:

Stuff like that can drive you crazy, before you figure out what the h*** is going on.
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So dear devs, please keep the NumLock situation as it is now, i.e. disabled by default.
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