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Thursday, December 12th, 2002

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N00B keyboard question
I've just been reading about the IBM Model M 101-key keyboard... I'm kindof curious to see what one of these things is like. Being a 101-key unit, it doesn't have the "Windows" or "Right-click" keys (the ones that sit between "Alt" and "Ctrl" on current 104-key boards. It'd be a bit nostolgic to have one of these things hooked up on my desktop.

I'm a complete 'nix newb and am in the process of putting together a system out of older components that I can install Linux on and start playing. Does Linux make any use of these keys? (I can't imagine it would simply ignore 3 prominently-located keys...) Do those keys get mapped to any essential or commonly used functions? Or could I hook up a 101 key keyboard and not really miss anything?

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