As I'm switching between my Macbook Air and my new ubuntu stationary frequently, I'd like to use mac keyboard and key combos for both. I'd like to select two of the options below, not just one

"Left Alt is swapped with Left Win" solved a lot of problems, allowing me to switch between running apps.

"Meta is mapped to Win Keys" made my Rubymine work smoothly, as Meta/Cmd key is used for a lot of shortkeys.

Please advice, thanks!

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    I'm not sure if this is possible. When you press Left Win, how will your computer know if you mean Left Alt or Meta? Even it it were possible to map two keystrokes to one key, this seems like it would cause all kinds of conflicts. Could you map a different key to meta instead, e.g. Right Command? (It's mapped to Shift-Left Win on my aluminium Apple keyboard.) – Sparhawk Mar 11 '13 at 22:22
  • I don't even know how it know's the diff now. With Left Alt swapped with Left Win it shows both Meta L and Alt L on my Alt/option key (mac slim). I understand now it will be very hard to get a similar experience on mac and linux, make my everyday switch tougher. – oma Mar 13 '13 at 18:02
  • I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying that you can get both mapped to Left Alt in Linux somehow? Or is this just in OS X? – Sparhawk Mar 14 '13 at 0:24
  • Also, for RubyMine specifically, apparently there's "advanced keyboard" layout preferences, where you can map Meta to Left Win. (I use NetBeans for Ruby, but I've been thinking about switching to RubyMine.) – Sparhawk Mar 14 '13 at 4:27
  • Thanks @Sparhawk. I'm actually using "Meta is mapped to win keys now", and disabled (in Compiz) the opening of dash that used to happen when pressing this key. I switch tabs using alt+tab, not cmd+tab, copy paste is through ctrl+c, not cmd+c and some more annoying differences that I can live with (ctrl+shift+c in terminal for copy is really frustrating). I haven't used NetBeans in years, but I still highly recommend RubyMine. Can't find any "advanced keyboard" in RubyMine, I think your confusing this with Ubuntu's. I found that my changes are similiar to this: grosser.it/tag/ubuntu – oma Mar 16 '13 at 12:49

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