Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 308311
No easy way to select keyboard layout
Last modified: 2013-01-09 23:26:19 EST
Description of problem:
One can easily select the preferred language at the GDM login screen, but this
selection does not reflect to the active keyboard layout.
Selecting an alternative layout through the preferences requires dozens of mouse
clicks even if you knew where to look for. There should be an easier way.
Actually, starting the "Install to hard disk" option does provide an easy way to
select the layout at the begin, but if you didn't intend to install, you don't
happen to think of it.
I'd guess the majority of Fedora users have a keyboard with a non-US layout.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start the Live-CD
2. Enjoy US keyboard layout
I don't know if I should file another bug, but additionally, when installing
with the normal Istall DVD x86_64, I selected German keyboard layout. Setting
passwords in firstboot/anaconda works with the qwertz-layout, but gdm uses a
qwerty-layout. Thus people not aware of qwerty who have set a pass with special
chars can't even login to change layout settings. (yes, console works, but is
not the easy way)
I've just committed keyboard selection capabilities to rawhide gdm.
I'm testing F10 alpha Live CD, and there is a keyboard selection box at the bottom, but it is disabled (greyed out), and stays that way no matter what language I choose.
I'm re-opening the bug, because I still don't see an easy way (nor even a hard way) to select the keyboard layout using GDM.
This was broken in the alpha but fixed in rawhide shortly afterward i believe.