Keyboard layout: create obvious, easy configuration

Mice and keyboards are the primary (only?) interfaces with which a user communicates with the system.

I've had a few keyboard layout problems (how to set dvorak by default for the system, and 'us' for the login managers by default?), and I had to search the web a lot to figure out how to configure it. As someone commented somewhere: "Configuring a keyboard on Linux is serious business".


Placeholder page for:
Keyboard hardware
keyboard configuration.

To change the keyboard layout for the whole system:

/etc/conf.d/ $ vi keymaps

# Use keymap to specify the default console keymap.  There is a complete tree
# of keymaps in /usr/share/keymaps to choose from.

To change immediately:
# loadkeys dvorak

On Ubuntu, to make keyboard layout changes permanent, do:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

To configure the keyboard layout for sddm, edit:

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