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In Gnome keyboard settings, there's a window in which you can see the layout, a keyboard with buttons and characters on them like this:

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In XFCE (Xubuntu 12.04) there's no such program.

What can I install to see it?

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In XFCE it is possible to install Gnome Panel applications. If native panel application is not available in XFCE, you can consider adding the Gnome Panel Application that does the same job.

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Here - check these links:…… By the way, I just googled for you! – deshmukh Oct 8 '12 at 8:20
No, it's not what I look for. I already have a layout notification widget. I need to see the keyboard layout itself. See the updated question. – culebrón Oct 8 '12 at 8:52
sudo apt-get install xkeycaps

Launch xkeycaps in a terminal

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This program does show a keyboard layout, but it doesn't automatically show the currently used keyboard layout. User must have the knowledge to manually select the vendor, keyboard and its layout. – clearkimura Feb 22 at 13:45

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