I have xfce4-xkb-plugin configured as follows:
Two layouts: us, ru
Layout switch: Left Win key.
Quite often after power-on layout switch key doesn't work. When I go to "properties, I find it reset to nothing, and have to again set it to Left Win.
Somewhat less often not only layout switch key is lost, but xfce4-xkb-plugin also forgets layout setup and reverts to standard one-layout config with US layout.
Do you connect any external keyboards, e.g. an USB keyboard or you have one attached to a docking station? Could this be a duplicate of bug 713826?
I have the same problem and yes, there is certainly some correlation with plugging/unplugging a USB keyboard.
btw, I am on F16 and the keyboard layouts were configured with xfce4-xkb-plugin, not with xfce4-keyboard-settings (the latter still says "system defaults").
(In reply to comment #2)
> I have the same problem and yes, there is certainly some correlation with
> plugging/unplugging a USB keyboard.
You need to do both to make it work properly.
(In reply to comment #4)
> You need to do both to make it work properly.
I've added the second layout to xfce4-keyboard-settings; it doesn't seem to make any discernible difference...
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