X server and xinit works excellent....almost.

Chuck Swiger cswiger at mac.com
Fri Nov 11 00:56:54 UTC 2011

On Nov 10, 2011, at 3:57 PM, David Brodbeck wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM, Chuck Swiger <cswiger at mac.com> wrote:
>> FreeBSD's users generally are more technically inclined and might be willing to deal with this, but even so, I suspect that most folks would appreciate the system trying to figure out that an AZERTY keyboard layout means French, that JIS means Japanese, that QWERTZ probably indicates German / Swiss / Hungarian, etc.
> I thought I'd mention that OS X takes an interesting approach to this.
> When you plug in a keyboard it doesn't recognize, it does a little
> dance where it tells you to press certain keys (e.g., "Press the key
> to the right of the left Shift key," with a little graphic to help you
> understand which key it means) and from the results it infers the
> layout.

Indeed, yes-- that's KeyboardTypeSection, part of Setup Assistant.app used to perform initial configuration of a new system.  While I think it makes a good example, I don't want to evangelize stuff from $REALJOB too strongly.  :-)


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