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[Bug 201711] Re: Apple fn key behavior isn't consistent with what's expected


Mario Limonciello, this bug was reported a while ago and there hasn't
been any activity in it recently. We were wondering if this is still an
issue? If so, could you please test for this with the latest development
release of Ubuntu? ISO images are available from
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/ .

If it remains an issue, could you please run the following command in
the development release from a Terminal
(Applications->Accessories->Terminal), as it will automatically gather
and attach updated debug information to this report:

apport-collect -p linux <replace-with-bug-number>

Also, could you please test the latest upstream kernel available (not the daily folder, but the one at the top) following https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelMainlineBuilds ? It will allow additional upstream developers to examine the issue. Once you've tested the upstream kernel, please comment on which kernel version specifically you tested. If this bug is fixed in the mainline kernel, please add the following tags:

where VERSION-NUMBER is the version number of the kernel you tested. For example:

This can be done by clicking on the yellow circle with a black pencil icon next to the word Tags located at the bottom of the bug description. As well, please remove the tag:

If the mainline kernel does not fix this bug, please add the following tags:

As well, please remove the tag:

Once testing of the upstream kernel is complete, please mark this bug's
Status as Confirmed. Please let us know your results. Thank you for your

** Changed in: linux (Ubuntu)
       Status: Confirmed => Incomplete

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  Apple fn key behavior isn't consistent with what's expected

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Status in “linux” package in Ubuntu:
Status in “linux” package in Suse:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  Hi, this is a follow up to bug 162083.  With my newly functional FN
  key on my Aluminum BT keyboard, I realized that the default behavior
  on it doesn't make much sense with what users have come to expect on
  Linux systems.  The default behavior is that the "special keys", like
  f1-f2-f10-f11-etc all act "special" without pressing fn.  They then
  act normally when you hold FN.  This is the default behavior on Mac
  OSX, but on Linux the FN keys are more commonly used.  Eg, it's rather
  awkward to have to press ctrl-alt-fn-f1 to switch to a VT, or FN-F11
  to set a terminal full screen.

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