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    How to install Colemak keyboard layout on Linux Live or Rescue CD?

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    • Registered: 04-Nov-2011
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    Hi,

    Debian Live CD doesn't provide Colemak as English keyboard layout list. Clonezilla is neither.
    It was really inconvenient experience for the disk cloning process.

    I plan to make a Custom Live image for Debian.

    Is there anybody has done it before?

    Regards,
    Hughe

    Debian GNU/Linux Jessie NitroType TypeTest

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    • From: Belgium
    • Registered: 26-Feb-2008
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    What version of "kbd" does it have?  It includes the colemak layout since release 1.15.1 from 2009..

    If the kbd version cannot be upgraded, you can just include the individual layout file and activate it with "loadkeys".
    Grab it from http://git.altlinux.org/people/legion/p … ap;hb=HEAD or https://colemak.com/Unix

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    • Registered: 25-Oct-2013
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    Here is the procedure for creating a custom Archlinux Live CD (or USB), by modifying an existing Live version.

    The simplified version is: copy an ISO, make its (read-only) content editable, chroot into that system, edit it.  It your case you edit the /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/us file if you want to edit your US keyboard. Leave chroot, create a new ISO from that system.

    See the Archlinux wiki for the details.  I suppose for Debian-based distros it's more or less the same.....

    Another idea: openSuse Build Service, can be used to make a live CD - have no personal experience with this, just a thought.

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