20 Feb 2005 fxn   » (Master)

Running Linux inside Virtual PC for Mac (cont.)

Today I think I got the keyboard right.

I have a PowerBook with a Spanish keyboard. This means that to type some characters as common as @, {, or #, a modifier is needed. That key is AltGr in PCs, and Option in Macs.

As far as I can tell, the Option key is seen as the Alt key by the guest Linux, so in console mode Option+f2 switchs to the 2nd console. The Esc key acts this way as well. Looks like in order to enter Option, in the Mac sense, you need to type the combo Option+Command.

Once that combo was discovered (I founded nothing in the documentation nor Googleing), the keyboard I finally configured is a standard PC Spanish keyboard. For the console dpkg-reconfigure console-data and select choose from arch list -> qwerty -> Spanish -> Standard -> Standard. The first choice might not be exactly worded that way in English, the dialog is in Catalan here. For X set XkbModel to pc105 and XkbLayout to es.

Here's a screenshot depicting the working configuration in a X session.

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