Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 889036
Can't assign layout-free shortcut.
Last modified: 2014-02-05 09:04:09 EST
All keyboard shortcuts respect current keyboard layout. For example, I can't lock screen with 'Ctrl' + 'Alt' + L, if a non-EN layout is selected. It's quite troublesome to change keyboard layout every time I want to make a quick language-unrelated action with keyboard: copy, paste, undo, etc.
The situation with screen locking makes my system insecure, since I'm unable to quickly restrict access in a critical situation. Or I may leave system unlocked by mistake due to different keyboard layout.
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This is fixed upstream in GNOME 3.8 and the workaround in 3.6 is to use the gnome-tweak tool. Sorry about this issue.
This is a very serious bug! For instance With a Mongolian Cyrillic layout, things like Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V etc. used to do what we expect them to do (copy, paste etc.) according to the first Latin script layout. That is, if the first Latin layout was French, the Ctrl+Z was reachable through the "Z" key of the French layout, not the American one, even when the Mongolian Cyrillic layout was chosen. This system was very convenient, because the shortcuts didn't depend on the presently selected layouts, but only on the user's chosen first layout.
Why hasn't Gnome 3.8 been packaged into Fedora 18?
(In reply to comment #2)
> Why hasn't Gnome 3.8 been packaged into Fedora 18?
For the same reason Gnome 3.6 hasn't been packaged for Fedora 17, and Gnome 3.4 for Fedora 16, ...
GNOME is a complex piece of software with lots of dependencies throughout the stack, so updating to a new major GNOME version is hardly distinguishable from a complete system update - we don't do that in stable Fedora versions, and never have as far as I know.
I understand this. But since it has been extremely hard to work with Fedora 18 since we belatedly installed it last month, we are longing for Mageia 3 to replace this unacceptable version of Fedora with 2 major bugs concerning the keyboard layouts which, to my mind, should have blocked the release of Fedora 18. (The other one is bug #873849)
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