New installation script

Kevin Oberman kob6558 at
Mon Aug 8 19:45:41 UTC 2011

On Aug 7, 2011 11:49 PM, "Mark Linimon" <linimon at> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 06, 2011 at 01:18:02PM -0400, Garrett Wollman wrote:
> > I initially chose "traditional Unix workstation", which was unusable.
> > (Never did find the control or escape key, which made vi particularly
> > difficult to use.)
> It should probably be labeled "old-fart Unix user" which would have
> instantly told me that it put the Control key back in the pre-IMB-PC
> location (where the idiotic and counter-productive 'Caps Lock' key is
> now, sigh).
> But that battle was lost several decades ago.

And it all happened so that Microsoft could squash Wordstar (or, was it
Word Perfect).

I still create my own .kbd file to do what I want. the us.unix has several
oddities, like swapping hte <ESC> key with the accent grave that I don't
care for. I even re-map the CapsLock key on my Windows system. The
war may be over, but my little battle will end only when I can't hack a
keyboard layout any more.

I will also mention that Gnome has the re-mapping available in
System->Preferences->Keyboard Layout Options. In fact, you can either
swap CapsLock and Ctrl_L or replace CapsLock with Ctrl_L. This proves
I am not the only one refusig to give in to MS.

R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
kob6558 at

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