Overcoming Keyboard Quirks

In most cases, keyboards just plain work. On IA-32 platforms, the keyboard support is so standardized and necessary that it doesn't even appear as an option in the kernel configuration menus—it's compiled into the kernel as a matter of course. Behind the scenes, though, a lot happens in Linux's keyboard processing, so quirks can emerge. These quirks include odd mappings between keys and characters in text mode or in X. Such quirks are particularly common when using non-U.S. keyboards or unusual keyboards, such as those that use the Dvorak layout. Finally, if you use a USB keyboard, you may need to take special steps to ensure that it works under Linux.

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