The German keyboard norm DIN 2137-01:2018-12 integrates gender ideology

The German E1 keyboard layout is an extension to the German basic layout containing a complete set of letters for all European languages. It comes with a set of dead keys giving access to all imaginable accents. My verdict after having tested the layout for some months now: this is the keyboard for Latin based languages! Beyond the specific case-related benefits arising out of its universal design, I don't expect to it proliferate widely, because it privileges the characters “äöüß” that are mostly used in German. Also the disposition of the letter “z” in the upper QWERTZ row, will discourage many people used to the QWERTY design. Computer programmers also, usually prefer the US keyboard because many common keyboard shortcuts are tailored for this design.

A part from that, a national keyboard layout is also expression of the writing culture of a country. In this regard it is particularly disappointing that this honorable new norm ships gender ideology.

Tp-Note news: fast note taking for system administrators (and console lovers)

The template based note-taking tool Tp-Note was originally designed as desktop application: Before creating a new note, the user copies interesting bits of text into the clipboard. When Tp-Note starts, it analyses the clipboard's content and fills out some template to create a new note. This is why people who are working with non-graphical headless systems could not use Tp-Note efficiently: in general, these systems offer no clipboard. With version 1.7, Tp-Note comes with a new feature making it interesting for system administrators and console lovers: instead of injecting data into the templates via the clipboard, Tp-Note also reads the standard I/O input stream stdin. This way Tp-Note offers its full functionality on headless systems.

Tip: If you are new to Tp-Note, you may want to watch the introductory video about Tp-Note.

Install the international US keyboard layout with the European EurKEY extension on Debian from source

EurKEY - The European Keyboard Layout is based on the American keyboard layout. It is well suited for translators and programmers who are used to the US keyboard layout. It has has a very convenient access to European letters and accents.

This note explains how to install the latest version 1.3 on Debian Linux.

For Windows instructions please refer to: Install the international US keyboard layout with the European EurKEY extension on Windows.