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I want to configure the Apple keyboard mapping on dell precision notebook keyboard on Ubuntu KDE such that alt-> win, ctrl->alt, fn -> ctrl. That means i want to make the dell precision notebook keyboard to feel more like apple keyboard.

I tried to configure in the keyboard settings but this didn't work properly, i.e. the mappings didn't work for some hotkeys like ctrl+c. Is there any way that the modified mapping really works well in all applications?

Is this possible?

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After a bit of googling the below procedures are said to solve your issue.

Add apple:badmap option to the "XkbOptions" in the "InputDevice" section in your xorg.conf. The section should look like this:

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
    Driver "kbd"
    Option "CoreKeyboard"
    Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel" "apple"
    Option "XkbLayout" "us,ru"
    Option "XkbVariant" ",winkeys"
    Option "XkbOptions" "grp:shift_caps_toggle,apple:badmap"

This should swap problematic keys under X. If it doesn't help one can try adding apple:goodmap instead.


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This was not exactly what i meant. i got dellprecision notebook keyboard. i edited my question to make it clearer. – axaluss Apr 8 '13 at 12:05

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