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Why did anyone ever it would be a good idea to disable Num Lock on Linux at startup? It annoys the heck outta me.

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Most laptops need numlock disabled to be able to type normally - it would be a very bad idea indeed to indiscriminately enable numlock. Nik's link tells you how to change this, but you asked why and that's why.

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I have a laptop and I don't have this problem. I've used Windows for as long as I can remember with the NumLock enabled by default. – Pieter Feb 16 '10 at 9:52
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Not all laptops are the same - but a lot have (had?) a 'numpad' in the middle of the keyboard, that's active if numlock is on, so you cannot type normally with it on. – Bobby Feb 16 '10 at 12:36

You seem quite frustrated on this,
Maybe this Ubuntu page for NumLock will help.

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+1 for the advice, but I asked why it is disabled by default so I'll have to mark Bobby's answer as correct. – Pieter Feb 16 '10 at 9:53

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