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    How to switch “\” with “<" keys in linux

    When using the Apple Magic Keyboard with linux and certain keyboard layout, some key may be exchanged with some other key. In my case, I have an Italian Magic Keyboard and a Ubuntu 20.10 running on VmWare Fusion and the “\” and “<” keys are switched. The fix is pretty easy, but not easy to find on the net. This is the recipe: you need to force xmodmap to exchange the two keystrokes. It can be done in the terminal with the following two lines: xmodmap -e "keycode 49 = less greater guillemotleft \ guillemotright guillemotleft guillemotright" xmodmap -e "keycode 94 = backslash bar notsign brokenbar \ notsign brokenbar" This…

  • Linux,  vmware,  Windows

    Vmware Player is slow under Ubuntu 16 host

    So you just upgraded your Ubuntu box and found that all your VmWare Windows Boxes are extremely slow? The symptom is your Windows task manager showning 100% usage of your disk, and the WIndows Instrumentation showing very long lags, says, up to 2.5seconds (yes, seconds) to respond to a disk request. This makes the box practically unusable. Perhaps your vmware logs are shoing a lot of lines like scsi0:0: Command READ(10) took 2.748 seconds (ok) scsi0:0: Command WRITE(10) took 3.224 seconds (ok) and so on… Well, this is a well known issue. A quick search with google will point you to the vblank_mode=0 fix.  Indeed I already fixed that on my…