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Right now I can do 100 strokes per minute. And it is even more fun. The only problem I have are the typos I make – They are many. If there is a good method to learn how to avoid them I would be really grateful.
Installing on Ubuntu 9.10
Set the active keyboard layout in “System → Settings → Keyboard” to “German → Neo”. Neo is now active but only a beta version in which (compared to the current version) for example “ü” and “ö” are changed.
Download the recent xkb.tgz
$ wget http://neo-layout.org/xkb.tgz
and replace the old files (do not forget to make a backup).
$ sudo tar -C /usr/share/X11/ -xzf xkb.tgz
More tutorials for installing Neo on Linux, Windows and other operating systems can be found on the manufacturer’s homepage. (All linked homepages are in German)
Neo and vi(m)
In vim the keys “hjkl” are used to navigate. Now these keys are spaced somewhere on the keyboard, so we better use “snrt” to have navigation on the same place as if we were using QWERTY. We exchange the particular letters.
Edit or create the file ~/.vimrc and add the following:
no s h
no h s
no n j
no j n
no r k
no k r
no t l
no l t
Neo and Virtualisation
I need to use windows at work, so I used to use VirtualBox. Try to install Windows. Everything worked fine until I should insert the license code. It was not possible to insert digits (even after changing the layout on the host back to QWERTY).
Since then I use QEMU and Neo is even running with the Windows drivers in my guest system.
On 29. of January the new Wise Guys (Link in German) album „Klassenfahrt“ (Link in German) was released.
Due to the fact that I am staying in Uganda for several month, it is somehow difficult to buy the CD. So: Download it. Although there is no copyright law in Uganda, which would forbid to download a CD-rip, I would like to support the artists.
As I am using Ubuntu as operating system, I cannot (and do not want to) use iTunes for downloading music. But you can download music using Amazon. Downloadmanager downloaded. Album chosen. Logged in. Error…
Please note that AmazonMP3.com is currently only available to US customers.
Now I know again where the free of charge attitude the “Digital Natives” comes from. You not only safe money but also time and nerves…
A (first) report
The most people I know are seeing the keyboard (as hardware in general) as something irrevocable. Many do not know that it is easy to change its layout. And why should somebody do so? The keyboard is good, as it is, isn‘t it?
But the keyboard layout that is still in use these days has been developed when it was still important that the typewriters do not get spoiled if you type too fast.
Four days ago, I changed my keyboard layout to Neo. Right now, I make 50 strokes per minute. One week ago (using QERTZ, the German modification of QERTY), it have been nearly 200. But it just feels great. I have now recognized, how rarely I use the „F“. And this really has a VIP position. Many words can be typed without leaving the base line. It is fun typing like this, although I am still really slow.
I will write more when I become faster.