My GNOME keyboard settings do two main things:

  • Switch CMD and CTRL (I'm on a Macbook)
  • Give me a third level (for special characters)

This is really the only functionality I'm missing in Fluxbox. Any way to activate it without running GNOME?


If, by "third level", you mean using eg. the American Internation keyboard layout, you can set up your system to use it by default.
On Debian (and quit possibly siblings; (X|K)Ubuntu, Mint and so on), you can put the following in /etc/default/keyboard:

XKBMODEL="pc105" #physical keyboard model
XKBLAYOUT="us" # keyboard layout
XKBVARIANT="altgr-intl" # keyboard layout variant
XKBOPTIONS="terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp,numpad:microsoft" # terminate X on
    # CTRL+ALT+DEL, and use Microsoft style numpad

There's probably a lot of other places for keyboard configuration on other flavours of Linux – on Gentoo/Funtoo it's in /etc/conf.d/keymaps

Regarding switching the CMD and CTRL keys, I think it's already been answered here: Map "windows" key on keyboard to "ctrl".
Keeping in line with the above configuration, just add altwin:ctrl_win to the XKBOPTIONS line, like this:


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