Alternate Keyboard(s) on 2008.8

Clare claregj at
Sat Aug 9 04:28:43 CEST 2008

Peter there is a good keyboard in the Milestone 2.
If using it you need to press the little triangle to get home then the
terminal icon then qwerty(top left) then the icon top right of the
which offers "full-qwerty", at this point you have all the characters
you need, no prediction and somewhere to type them.

The letters jumping up is distracting, and the black background,
though elegant, makes the stylus hard to see in poor light.
Nonetheless the FSO is so good that I am now preferring it. Another
couple of Milestones and it will be really nice. At that point
apparently there are plans to clutter it with changes. (See thread in
Community list "FSO: is zhone here to stay?" )
FSO is apparently only semi-official.

Debian also has a good keyboard named xvkbd which has all you want,
has facilities for a number of changes including charactersets at user
level. Debian I think will be good for GTA01 after it gets a few more
changes. I use it now as a dual boot alongside FSO, have not yet added
phone capability.


On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 9:11 PM, Peter Rasmussen <plr at> wrote:
> Could we please also get a qwerty keyboard on the GTA01? I don't have a
> GTA02.
> I complained when it was changed, but it didn't seem to matter to the
> people making the general releases.
> And when given the choice of a qwerty keyboard, shouldn't international
> characters be of some priority?
> Peter
> Yorick Moko wrote:
>> +100
>> On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 10:22 PM, Dale Maggee <antisol at> wrote:
>>> +1
>>> This sums my feelings up exactly
>>> Dirk Bergstrom wrote:
>>>> Is is possible to install a different keyboard on 2008.8?  If not, I'd
>>>> like to see that as a feature Real Soon Now.
>>>> I find the stock keyboard to be almost totally unusable due to the
>>>> predictive text feature.  Even if the predictive stuff was removed, it
>>>> would still be less usable for me than the matchbox qwerty keyboard,
>>>> which had important keys like ctrl, dash, period and return all on the
>>>> same page.
>>>> I will be using the phone with a stylus for most interaction, so I don't
>>>> need a finger-friendly keyboard.  It might be nice to occasionally have
>>>> one, but it's a *very* low priority for me.
>>>> I will primarily type in the terminal, the "notes" app, and the browser:
>>>> unix commands, URLs, and notes like book titles, author names, part
>>>> numbers and the like.  In other words, almost nothing I type will
>>>> benefit from predictive input (in fact it would be a distinct annoyance).
>>>> --
>>>> Dirk
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