Good Morning Build 56

A nice gift from the keepers of my Sun Ray server on my return from Zurich. (Yes it was cool to use the Sun Ray server from the Zurich office even if the Swiss German keyboard really did my head. For those who don't know 'Z' and 'Y' are swapped, not to mention the "special" keys moving around. We really need the keyboard layout set by the user not the physical keyboard).

: enoexec.eu FSS 1 $; uname -a
SunOS enoexec 5.11 snv_56 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire Solaris
: enoexec.eu FSS 2 $; 

Need to check what has changed.

Comments:

There is hardly a worse keyboard layout imaginable for UNIX than the Swiss one. [ALTGr]+7 to get a pipe symbol?

And yes, we need to be able to pick the layout, not be limited by the one the keyboard gives us. Sun HW and Solaris have a serious weakness when it comes to that kind of stuff.

Also, apparently one or more persons at Sun thought that a user will never need or want to use more than one layout or more than one alphabet/writing system on their keyboards. But what happens if the user wants or \*needs\* to be able to switch between Swiss-German, US English, Japanese or Croatian layouts, all at the same time? And yes, that is very much a reality.

Posted by UX-admin on January 30, 2007 at 10:21 AM GMT #

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