[SOLVED] Change system keyboard layout to Colemak?

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inersha
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[SOLVED] Change system keyboard layout to Colemak?

Post by inersha » Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:52 pm

Is it possible to set Colemak as the default system keyboard layout?

I have it set as the keyboard layout in my desktop (XFCE) through the keyboard settings, but when I switch on my computer the login window uses qwerty. So it seems as though I've changed the keyboard layout for my desktop environment, but not for my entire computer system as default.

Do you know if I'm able to change the keyboard layout this way? Having to start with qwerty each time feels like getting off on the wrong foot ha.
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Re: Change system keyboard layout to Colemak?

Post by inersha » Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:43 pm

Found the answer: I had to edit the /etc/default/keyboard file, then restart.

I changed it this part:

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XKBMODEL="pc105"
XKBLAYOUT="gb"
XKBVARIANT=""
XKBOPTIONS=""
To this:

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XKBMODEL="pc105"
XKBLAYOUT="gb"
XKBVARIANT="colemak"
XKBOPTIONS=""
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Re: [SOLVED] Change system keyboard layout to Colemak?

Post by mehimu » Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:01 am

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