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Installation from live usb and keyboard layout?

asked 2019-03-25 01:38:43 -0500

kisstank gravatar image

Hello wizards,

First let me commend you on a slick looking, fast running installation and overall out of the box polish. I really really wish I could've just stuck with Fedora.

But I had some issues relating to the keyboard layout and languages. Not the known (?) issue with choosing during install, that part just worked for me, or I somehow intuitively figured it out (hah, unlikely), but rather when done and up and running.

I chose swedish, with a swedish layout. With e.g firefox all our "glorious" å,ä, and ö's worked fine. The terminal however opted out of this. US-layout. Not a deal breaker for me as I've managed to changed the locale in the terminal before, even being a newbie linux guy - but could annoy others if you want to be percieved as "just working". No my problem was again actually with Firefox (and other gui appications). My @ (alt-gr 2) was missing. In Firefox alt-gr+2 resulted in a tab-switch. Logging in to sites - as you probably can imagine - was a real feat.

I was installing this used Dell Latitude for my son, time was already late and a few futile searches led me nowhere. So I ended up inserting a Lubuntu install dvd instead, ran with the same keyboard layouts and language and both the above issues were nowhere to be seen, it just worked.

Now, question is. Did I miss something during the live usb (Workstation) install that could have avoided the trouble?

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answered 2019-03-25 07:46:57 -0500

Night Romantic gravatar image

Kisstank, I'm from Russia, not Sweden, so my observations would be a bit generic. It would be better if we hear from some of your fellow countrymen. That said I (obviously) always use my national keyboard layout, so some of my experience is applicable.

  1. As far as I know, there's no practical differences between choosing keyboard layout at install time or in already installed Fedora later.

  2. I assume we talk about default Fedora Workstation installation, which uses Gnome desktop environment, some minor details can be specific to the desktop you use.

  3. On the other side, many of the input / layout switching details would be the same for Gnome desktop on the other distribution (let's say, if you'd choose main Ubuntu instead Lubuntu, Lubuntu uses LXDE, Ubuntu uses Gnome) -- again, as far as I understand.

I've added Swedish keyboard layout to US and RU I've already had. As far as I can see, it works ok in Firefox and in gnome-terminal. I'm able to input symbols like "Öøœ", I have no problem with [Alt-gr + 2] (that's right Alt on the keyboard we are talking about, right?) resulting in "@". Basically I'd say it works as expected. If you've tried switching to terminal session with [Alt+F2..F6] -- there you may need additional configuration to be able to input with non-US layout.

If you would want to troubleshoot your problem, I'll try to help you. And maybe we'll hear from someone from Sweden as well.

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