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    Default My Question to All Linux Community People?

    Dear All,

    Kudos for all those who have put their best in developing world class linux applications.

    I use Linux Opensuse, Mandriva, Fedora and Ubuntu. Here is my question to all of my linux friends

    Since every keyboard available does have a Windows Start key and a popup key. These keys are not functional in any of the linux versions / distros. Why these two keys are abandoned in linux ?

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    Default Re: My Question to All Linux Community People?

    My keyboard has no Windows Start nor Pop Up keys.

    You can map those, if you're using KDE, in Personal Settings / Keyboard & Mouse / Standard Keyboard Shortcuts or Global Keyboard Shortcuts to whatever function you wish them to be associated with.

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    Default Re: My Question to All Linux Community People?

    By pop-up do you mean menu? I've had no problems with it - perhaps there is a keyboard layout variation in which it works?

    Windows key (also known as 'super', or sometimes 'meta') works fine for my compiz shortcuts.

    Simplest way to find out whether a key is registering anything is to run 'xev' in a terminal. Press the key in question - if it shows up anything, you know the driver's registering it. Then maybe try to assign it to a keyboard shortcut...

    [Also - welcome to the forum!]

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    Default Re: My Question to All Linux Community People?

    On Tue, 2009-11-17 at 16:26 +0000, suresh palloor wrote:
    > Dear All,
    >
    > Kudos for all those who have put their best in developing world class
    > linux applications.
    >
    > I use Linux Opensuse, Mandriva, Fedora and Ubuntu. Here is my question
    > to all of my linux friends
    >
    > Since every keyboard available does have a Windows Start key and a
    > popup key. These keys are not functional in any of the linux versions /
    > distros. Why these two keys are abandoned in linux ?
    >
    >


    Well... you're wrong about "every keyboard" having the keys. However,
    I will say that 99.999% of all fairly contemporary machines have them,
    IF those machines came with Windows.

    With that said, I know pretty much every compiz setup uses them for
    various things. Some of the things are actually quite useful. But it
    can vary depending on the config... you're in control of how the keys
    are mapped after all.



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    Mine (SLED 11 x86_64, based on OpenSUSE 11.1 x86_64) automatically pulls
    up my Computer menu when I hit it.

    Good luck.





    cjcox wrote:
    > On Tue, 2009-11-17 at 16:26 +0000, suresh palloor wrote:
    >> Dear All,
    >>
    >> Kudos for all those who have put their best in developing world class
    >> linux applications.
    >>
    >> I use Linux Opensuse, Mandriva, Fedora and Ubuntu. Here is my question
    >> to all of my linux friends
    >>
    >> Since every keyboard available does have a Windows Start key and a
    >> popup key. These keys are not functional in any of the linux versions /
    >> distros. Why these two keys are abandoned in linux ?
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Well... you're wrong about "every keyboard" having the keys. However,
    > I will say that 99.999% of all fairly contemporary machines have them,
    > IF those machines came with Windows.
    >
    > With that said, I know pretty much every compiz setup uses them for
    > various things. Some of the things are actually quite useful. But it
    > can vary depending on the config... you're in control of how the keys
    > are mapped after all.
    >
    >

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    Default Re: My Question to All Linux Community People?

    Dear Sir,

    I am using Suse 11.2 i map the key it requires one more key for setting it up, for example <Win>+A. but my question is how come i can activate the Suse Application Launcher when i press Win/Meta/Super key ?

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    Default Re: My Question to All Linux Community People?

    I accept my mystake. It was a statement in generic sense. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suresh_palloor View Post
    Dear Sir,

    I am using Suse 11.2 i map the key it requires one more key for setting it up, for example <Win>+A. but my question is how come i can activate the Suse Application Launcher when i press Win/Meta/Super key ?
    Are you using KDE, gnome, or something else?

    What you're probably looking for is the keyboard preferences thing.

    In Debian Gnome, for example, there's a Preferences -> Keyboards -> Layouts -> Layout Options -> Alt/Win Key Behaviour.

    There's something very similar in KDE - I imagine it's in 'configure desktop' somewhere. [Edit - though I see Chrysantine may well have already given you the KDE solution]

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    > My keyboard has no Windows Start nor Pop Up keys.


    I wouldn't expect them on a Mac. <g>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Confuseling View Post
    Are you using KDE, gnome, or something else?

    What you're probably looking for is the keyboard preferences thing.

    In Debian Gnome, for example, there's a Preferences -> Keyboards -> Layouts -> Layout Options -> Alt/Win Key Behaviour.

    There's something very similar in KDE - I imagine it's in 'configure desktop' somewhere. [Edit - though I see Chrysantine may well have already given you the KDE solution]
    i am using kde 4.3 came with Opensuse 11.2. I have searched all the options in the YAST configuration menu. nothing of that sort is available.

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