- The VirtualBox Ubuntu session starts with the keyboard mapped to UK keys, so, some keys are in odd places (@ is ", # is £, | is ~ …), and some seem to not be available (vertical pipe: | ???).
I'm pretty sure your keys are in the wrong place. You can:
1. Take off the key caps and put them in the proper British place OR
Verrrrry funny, wise guy! Are you gonna pay to have my keyboard replaced, now that I've destroyed all those little plastic nubs on the bottom sides of the keycaps that hold them in place?
- The xtightvncviewer Debian session starts with a very small typeface that's not ideal for reading on smaller screens (e.g., netbooks, small TV screens – even HDTV displays).
Erm, this is just a virtual machine running an emulation as a make do until hardware arrives – netbooks & TVs are way out of scope – it's only the real hardware that you'd connect to a TV.
Perhaps no one has gotten around to making the values something a bit more friendly for smaller screens, or it's a reflection of the more restricted R-Pi memory and filesystem size environment (i.e., around 200 MB RAM and the typical smaller sizes of SD cards used for these kinds of projects, e.g., 1 ~ 2 GB).
The small size of the VNC viewer is no reflection on an actual real Pi – which has a gorgeous GPU which we can't even begin to emulate.
Oh, I'm not so much of a noob that I don't know the difference between the emulation and the (alleged, depending on whether any R-Pi boards are ever delivered ) real hardware display output, including all the goodness that the 24 GFLOPS GPU and HDMI output will make possible (I cut my teeth on the original SGI GL on $50,000 Iris 2400 3-D workstations that could barely manage 30,000 Gouraud-shaded polygons per second back in 1986). I was just commenting that the xtightvncviewer output is squished vertically pretty badly and I don't happen to know if/how that can be fixed. Perhaps there's an rc file that sets the xtightvncviewer behavior, or there's a parameter/flag that can be set when launching it? I'm ferreting through Google results searching for such things, but, so far, no joy.
2. Try apt-get install keyboard-configuration to reset your keyboard
Should have tested before I posted and not just relied on the debian wiki!
Try sudo apt-get install console-data
Not as easy as it looks on TV, huh, smarty-pants?
Seriously (who, me? ) thanks!
Hmmm, it doesn't seem to have had any effect - still getting characters with a stiff upper lip (and dodgy teeth ). Is this one of those things where it only takes effect after a reboot? *n*x without pipes gets old reeeeally fast ):