I used thinkpads for a really long time (way more than 10 years). I no longer use them. I need function keys and a numeric keypad. I'm just too old fashioned, I guess. The newer TP just doesn't work for me. If you are a touch typist and know where the keys are, and love to map a keyboard for your personality, this is no longer your machine. Too bad, it was a nice, long run . And no, I have nothing to recommend...
From: [hidden email] [mailto:[hidden email]] On Behalf Of Uwe Brauer
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 4:44 PM
Subject: Re: [ltp] X60s 4 GB RAM PAE only 3 recognized (64 Bit)
>> I don't mean that they changed the typing mechanism or the size of the
>> keys, no I mean the distribution is changed dramatically, important keys
>> are missing.
>> Since I am a touch typist using the same keyboard for the last 15 years,
>> this is as close to disaster as it gets.
> Some of the keyboard layout changes aren't actually that bad, most of
> the missing functions are still there (eg Sysrq, PrtSc etc, even
> Caps-lock (double-tap on shift)).
I never used CapsLock for me this was just a key which I
using xmodmap under linux to the X modifier hyper.
> There's even one clear improvement:
> Ctrl is now where it should be (bottom left corner), while Fn has been
I beg to differ control should be where capslock was.
> moved out of the way. Also, although the key-travel is reduced, it's
> actually nice to type on.
I am using (X)emacs for more than 20 years (under Unix/Linux). I have
always switched the Caplock and control key, mapped the win key to super
modifier, caplock to the hyper hyper and bound all my emacs macros to
these modifies + fn keys+ print etc.
So having re arranged or removed theses keys is a complete disaster for me, it
is like cutting of half my fingers.
> The real gotchas are:
> 1. That *horrible* LCD e-Ink / resistive touch-screen function key
> replacement. It's annoying to have to mode-switch between Fn keys and
> volume keys, especially as one can't feel where the keys are, and they
> are really sluggish to respond to mode-changes or to actual
> 2. The atrocious mess that is the clickpad: which requires far too
> much force to operate it, and again is very awkward to use in
> trackpoint mode.
> 3. Lastly, if you get the touchscreen model, it's much less clear than
> the non-touch versions: because the screen is more reflective as well
> as less contrasty.
I hope lenovo will release at least one model with the classical
keyboard and sees what happens.. But realistically that is very