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I recently switched to the Colemak layout after a fresh install of 11.10. Now, whenever I log in, the keyboard is set to QWERTY (USA), which is very confusing. How do I make it so that only Colemak is the only layout used?

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I'm on OpenBSD now so my Ubuntu-specific knowledge might be a bit off, but you can do what I did (I'm also a Colemak convert) for Ubuntu.

For console, add

loadkeys colemak

(or it might be)

loadkeys linux_console/colemak.iso15.kmap

to /etc/init.d/local

Refer to the RcLocal Howto to set up rc.local for Ubuntu and the Colemak Linux/Unix page for additional console and Xorg configuration info.

You can set the Colemak Layout from GDM (at the bottom) and from System/Preferences/Keyboard when logged in

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there's no way to switch the keyboard layout on the login screen any more. I'll have to look into the other suggestions tomorrow. thanks for the answer regardless. – geowa4 Nov 4 '11 at 2:07
oh no. i didn't know they changed that, too. might have to modify/actually make the xorg.conf to get colemak system-wide. – gregnotcraig Nov 4 '11 at 5:49
Option “XkbRules” “xorg” Option “XkbModel” “pc105″ Option “XkbLayout” “us” Option “XkbVariant” “colemak” – gregnotcraig Nov 4 '11 at 5:55
where can i put that? there's no xorg.conf any more either. :-P – geowa4 Nov 4 '11 at 12:15
you can either run X -configure or do it the "new way" by making an xorg.conf "snippet" and placing it in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d – gregnotcraig Nov 4 '11 at 23:04

I had this problem before, my keyboard disposition was switching to qwerty every time I boot. Open a terminal and type the command:


A window will appear, in the advanced section, select:

Use system keyboard disposition
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@andrew-46: Could you please review my edits and also review the editing help to improve the readability of your own edits in the future... ;-) – Fabby Jan 3 at 2:27
@Fabby: thanks for the steer :) – andrew.46 Jan 3 at 2:30

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