Support for multimedia/internet keyboards

Kevin Fries kfries at
Wed Aug 15 13:30:26 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-08-15 at 11:55 +0100, Chris Warburton wrote:
> At LUGRadio Live there was some talk from some RedHat/Fedora people in
> the power management BoF about a generic system for submitting keycodes
> and things to a central store, so power-user types can try out all of
> the buttons on their systems (the use-case discussed was laptops), then
> this collected data could be put into an XML file in its own separate
> package, able to be updated regularly without impacting anything else
> (XML can easily be kept forward and backward compatible). Since I do not
> know the applications and things involved in this (and therefore don't
> know what to Google for) I am not sure of the implementation, or whether
> Ubuntu uses it, but I am sure it is relevant.

I believe you are speaking of the:
    System->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts

I run a Dell D620, and it has just the volume keys, not all those other
multi-media keys, but I am sure its the same thing.  Until recently, we
changed Distros here in R&D quite often until we settled on Ubuntu. (our
corp standard for servers and desktops has traditionally been RedHat,
though I have worked to get Ubuntu deployed and is quickly taking over.
however, all the embedded devices I have built have always been debian
based.)  When we had SLED 10.1 and Fedora 6, we needed to use this
configurator to make the volume keys work.  I am sure its no different
for the "Mail" or "Web" keys.

When I installed Ubuntu, it was the first distro to actually make the
keys work out of the box, without needing to run this program.


Kevin Fries
Senior Linux Engineer
Computer and Communications Technologies, Inc.
a division of Japan Communications, Inc.
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