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Newbie questions / Re: two keyboards - how to con...
Last post by dirkskep - May 12, 2024, 08:07:26 PM
Thanks again!

In the mean time I was checking other sources but nothing is clear...
I'm impressed nobody uses another keyboard on their laptops (layout almost never matches 100%)

If I understand correctly it should not be an issue at all...
setxkbmap has the "-device" option allowing to configure that second (or whatever) keyboard...
I'm not there yet, I'm not getting the syntax right, the device id I tried seems incorrect... (I used the device id from "lsusb")

dda@sparkbook:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 05ac:8406 Apple, Inc. Internal Memory Card Reader
Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0bda:8153 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 152d:1561 JMicron Technology Corp. / JMicron USA Technology Corp. JMS561U two ports SATA 6Gb/s bridge
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0bda:0411 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 013: ID 05ac:8289 Apple, Inc. Bluetooth Host Controller
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0a5c:4500 Broadcom Corp. BCM2046B1 USB 2.0 Hub (part of BCM2046 Bluetooth)
Bus 001 Device 067: ID 1c4f:0002 SiGma Micro Keyboard TRACER Gamma Ivory
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:5411 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5411 Hub
Bus 001 Device 009: ID 05ac:0263 Apple, Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad (MacBook Retina)
Bus 001 Device 064: ID 093a:2510 Pixart Imaging, Inc. Optical Mouse
Bus 001 Device 051: ID 05e3:0610 Genesys Logic, Inc. Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
dda@sparkbook:~$ setxkbmap -device 067 fr
X Error of failed request:  129
  Major opcode of failed request:  135 (XKEYBOARD)
  Minor opcode of failed request:  23 (XkbGetKbdByName)
  Value in failed request:  0xff000043
  Serial number of failed request:  15
  Current serial number in output stream:  15
Desktops / Re: Minimal-GUI - Passwords fi...
Last post by benny - May 12, 2024, 05:40:50 PM
Thanks duststuff, after more trial an error today I've figured out that for whatever reason 'Classic Console' font causes the issue when applied to 'Customise Look and Feel' (at any font size) but it seems fine when used everywhere else such as 'Panel Settings' and the 'Openbox Configuration Manager'.
Newbie questions / Re: two keyboards - how to con...
Last post by duststuff - May 12, 2024, 01:41:22 PM
I haven't done a lot of what you're trying to do, but from the various keyboard layout settings dialogs I've seen over the years in this and similar distros, it seems likely to me that you can set up multiple keyboard layouts and then switch between them in some way. Usually an installer always includes the setting of one's keyboard layout, which is likely what becomes the default, but I'm assuming you can add one or more as desired. I'm using Xfce for my desktop, and it looks like you're using OpenBox, so the approach may / will likely be different as far as how you access / change settings, etc. Not sure how proficient you are with Linux, Debian, Sparky, and/or OpenBox, but your next best step is likely to see if the Apps menu already has a graphical user interface (GUI) for keyboard layout settings. If it doesn't, then I would do some online searches with keywords like 'openbox', 'configuration', 'keyboard layout', etc. Haven't used OpenBox on its own much, but my sense is that you can do a fair amount of configuration with it, but that it's a bit less 'user-friendly' in the sense that you may need to be using a text editor to change a settings file rather than doing it through a GUI. However, I 'think' that the OpenBox that comes with Sparky has some extra features added to it by the Sparky developers that might make it a bit easier to use.
Newbie questions / Re: two keyboards - how to con...
Last post by dirkskep - May 12, 2024, 12:26:25 PM
Thank you @duststuff,

It would be best to have both keyboards defined, I supose X11 can manage that?

My Sparky version (from "inxi -br"):
  Host: sparkbook Kernel: 6.1.0-20-amd64 arch: x86_64 bits: 64
    Desktop: Openbox v: 3.6.1 Distro: SparkyLinux 7.3 (Orion-Belt)
  Type: Laptop System: Apple product: MacBookPro11,2 v: 1.0
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Apple model: Mac-3CBD00234E554E41 v: MacBookPro11,2
    serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Apple v: 478. date: 01/13/2023
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 67.3 Wh (100.0%) condition: 67.3/95.4 Wh (70.5%)
  Info: quad core Intel Core i7-4870HQ [MT MCP] speed (MHz): avg: 799
    min/max: 800/3700
  Device-1: Intel Crystal Well Integrated Graphics driver: i915 v: kernel
  Device-2: GEMBIRD Generic UVC 1.00 camera [AppoTech AX2311] type: USB
    driver: uvcvideo
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: driver: X: loaded: modesetting
    unloaded: fbdev,vesa dri: crocus gpu: i915 resolution: 1: 3072x1728~30Hz
    2: 2304x1440~60Hz
  API: OpenGL v: 4.6 Mesa 22.3.6 renderer: Mesa Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    P5200 (HSW GT3)
  Device-1: Broadcom BCM4360 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter driver: wl
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter type: USB driver: r8152
  Local Storage: total: 356.74 GiB used: 52.58 GiB (14.7%)
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list
    1: deb bookworm main contrib non-free non-free-firmware
    2: deb-src bookworm main contrib non-free non-free-firmware
    3: deb bookworm-security/updates main contrib non-free non-free-firmware
    4: deb-src bookworm-security/updates main contrib non-free non-free-firmware
    5: deb bookworm-updates main contrib non-free non-free-firmware
    6: deb-src bookworm-updates main contrib non-free non-free-firmware
    7: deb bookworm main non-free
  No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/liquorix.list
  Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sparky.list
    1: deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/sparky.gpg.key] core main
    2: deb-src [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/sparky.gpg.key] core main
    3: deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/sparky.gpg.key] orion main
    4: deb-src [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/sparky.gpg.key] orion main
  Processes: 276 Uptime: 17h 59m Memory: 15.53 GiB used: 5.69 GiB (36.6%)
  Shell: Bash inxi: 3.3.26
Newbie questions / Re: two keyboards - how to con...
Last post by duststuff - May 12, 2024, 08:19:03 AM
Do you need to be able to use both keyboards at the same time? Not sure what version of Sparky you have, but on my Sparky 7.3 here, I would probably start by going to the 'Apps' menu, opening 'Keyboard', going to the 'Layout' tab and then adding the second keyboard layout. Not sure if there's a way to have more than one keyboard layout active (i.e. each one linked to a specific keyboard) at the same time using these settings or not, but there's probably a way you can switch between the layouts as necessary via these settings or maybe a keyboard shortcut of some kind. If these settings don't do what you want them to, you could also search online for other keyboard layout controlling software that might.
Desktops / Re: Minimal-GUI - Passwords fi...
Last post by duststuff - May 12, 2024, 08:06:58 AM
I haven't heard of that before. I would probably try looking around at any language, input, keyboard, and/or font-related settings. Maybe also window manager settings and/or tweaks? You could also try to look to see if there are any settings (or other ways to configure) the authentication window. You could also see whether copy-pasting a password in the field gives the same result as typing it in. That's all I can think of.
Newbie questions / [SOLVED] two keyboards - how t...
Last post by dirkskep - May 12, 2024, 02:19:26 AM
I installed Sparky on an older Macbook Pro
I have physically installed a second keyboard (USB - non Apple) but this does not have the same exact layout...
It's a bit annoying having to look at my Macbook keyboard when I need to find a specific character...

Is there a way to configure a second keyboard layout?

Introduction / Hello from Belgium
Last post by dirkskep - May 12, 2024, 02:10:58 AM
Going to give Sparky a try...
I am dual (actually tripple) booting on a Macbook Pro...
Sparky installed nicely and Refind manages the boot selection...

Living in the flemish part of Belgium... (as if we really need to split this tiny country)...
Desktops / Minimal-GUI - Passwords fillin...
Last post by benny - May 12, 2024, 02:00:47 AM
Trying to figure out what is causing the '*' censored passwords when accessing the APTus app center, or other such passwords, to fill out vertically in their panel as I type instead of horizontally. I might have altered something when doing some simple customizing to give the taskbar and windows a dark theme (sparky 7 dark mostly) that uses the built in open-console font but I can't figure out what would have caused this or if it was like that already. Still functional, it just looks strange. Thanks for any help!

Newbie questions / Re: SparkyLinux too slow
Last post by paul74 - May 08, 2024, 09:18:32 AM

I use same version for an older PC, with SSD and 6 GB memory, no problem.

As your other system is running fine, I may suspect a wrong parameter in BIOS for the SSD containing SparkyLinux.
Could you check than "AHCI" is active for this SSD ?

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