This is a quick blurb for setting or converting your keymaps to dvorak instead of qwerty.
Setting Dvorak On The Console
To convert to dvorak on the console, type
If you are using the left-handed dvorak layout,please type
if you are using the right-handed dvorak layout.
To make this change permanently, set
Setting Dvorak In X
To change to the dvorak layout in X, see Xorg#Keyboard_settings
Setting Dvorak International In X
Setting your system to the dvorak international layout (with dead keys) is a simple matter of changing the
XkbVariant option to
dvorak-intl. It should look as follows:
Option "XkbVariant" "dvorak-intl"
XkbLayout should already be set to
In a small aside, you can test your configuration in a new X by entering the following into a shell:
$ xinit -- :1
This will work if you have
xinit installed. If you are not using a custom
.xinitrc, this will open a terminal in the new X session. From that terminal you can test your setup and exit that session by typing
exit in the terminal. If you are using your own
.xinitrc, you will have to exit in whatever way is provided by your setup.
For International Users
Swedish people interested in trying dvorak can find the swedish "version", called svorak, at aoeu.info! To convert to svorak in X you do not need to download any additional files from www.aoeu.info.
You can install the AUR
dvorak-es instead of
dvorak, both in loadkeys and
/etc/vconsole.conf to use the spanish dvorak variant.
On X, you don't need to install anything, just edit
/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/01-keyboard-layout.conf and put:
Section "InputClass" Identifier "Keyboard-layout" Driver "evdev" MatchIsKeyboard "yes" Option "XkbLayout" "es(dvorak)" EndSection
GUI:(includes Dvorak lessons in English, French, German & Spanish)