[maemo-users] External Keyboard Recommendations

From: Mark wolfmane at gmail.com
Date: Tue Jun 24 00:12:14 EEST 2008
On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 1:37 PM, Marius Gedminas <marius at pov.lt> wrote:

> The most important thing to remember
> is to use maemo-gtk-im-switch to re-enable the vkb *before* you unplug the
> USB keyboard.

If you use a USB keyboard (and I hear a bluetooth keyboard does the
same thing), if you unplug the external keyboard the on-screen stylus
keyboard will no longer come up unless you reboot.  (The thumb
keyboard will still come up if you press the center button on the
D-pad.) I believe this is for the N810 as well as the N800, and
probably the N770 as well. Is the solution for that to type
"maemo-gtk-im-switch osso-input-method" into xterm?

> Personally, I've discovered that using the on-screen virtual keyboard
> was more convenient (for me) than lugging around extra cables,
> keyboards, and assembling everything.

The onscreen keyboard works great for anything except extended typing
or working in the command line. I find it very cumbersome in those
cases. Also, for anyone with an N800, fennec (Firefox 3 alpha) is
completely unusable because it doesn't interact with the onscreen
keyboard - a hardware keyboard is mandatory.


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