So I am trying to relearn Colemak and am using Ubuntu 10.04. I go up to System -> Preferences -> Keyboard -> Layout, click Add, find USA Colemak, and add it.

When I try it out in the "Type to test settings" box, it is still in Qwerty, and if I apply it system-wide my system is still using Qwerty. Does anyone else have this problem or have any suggestions?

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    This question would be more appropriate in the ubuntu community. At the far bottom of this page you should see a list of related communities and ubuntu is there. – Matt Dec 30 '10 at 22:11
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    Sorry, @Hanmyo, this site is intended just for programming questions. This question might fit better on superuser.com or askubuntu.com – bdukes Dec 30 '10 at 22:14

Try opening a terminal and copy and paste this:

setxkbmap us -variant colemak

You might also want to try to changing the keyboard layout on the login screen.

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  • Looks like this doesn’t save over reboots. Or maybe my ubuntu is losing settings (its a bit buggy after the 17.04 update) – Qwertie Apr 28 '17 at 9:32

You need to click Move Up so it is at the top of the list of layouts. Then it should take effect.

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  • Also yuo can switch forward/backward the layouts with keys (default Super+Space and Shift*Super+Space) – MegaTux Nov 28 '14 at 16:02

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