I have LUbuntu 13.04.

Is it possible to change the keyboard on the operating system, so that when I press k for instance, the system will hear it as I actually typed m?

Or any other key for that matter.

The thing is that the keyboard really isn't setup the way I would want to have it. If I could change the OS's keyboard then my efficiency would increase big time, especially in the long run as I could for instance, slowly evolve my keyboard towards a more efficient setting, such as Dvorak.


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    Are you talking about the graphical interface or the text console? The answer depends on that. – Uwe May 16 '13 at 18:11
  • The dream would be to get for both. Just an os overall keymap. – Hermann Ingjaldsson May 16 '13 at 18:20

As far as I know there's no solution that works uniformly for both console and GUI, so you have to change it twice. Use loadkeys to modify the console keyboard and xmodmap for the X11 keyboard. The details, in particular for xmodmap, depend a lot on which keys you want to modify – there are differences between regular keys and modifier keys like Ctrl or Alt.

  • Do you know any good guides on loadkeys? – Hermann Ingjaldsson May 16 '13 at 18:34
  • No, I'm almost never using the console, so I never felt the need to change that. But it's a fairly common problem, so googling for "xmodmap dvorak" or "loadkeys dvorak" should be helpful. – Uwe May 16 '13 at 18:36
  • I wouldn't really load Dvorak, I would start remapping the keys one after another as I see fit and as I see efficiency increasing possibilities. But thanks. – Hermann Ingjaldsson May 16 '13 at 18:41

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