@technomancy (a) why did they choose those keys, (b) how am I supposed to remember these shortcuts? Do we have to call it the eMter key now? Do we use tabii for whitespace?
@skyfaller it's actually really interesting; it has to do with the fact that back in the day the control, meta, and shift keys literally masked out bits from the byte of the ASCII character being sent: https://www.johndcook.com/blog/2019/09/28/control-characters/
and that's why "A" and "a" only differ by a single bit, because the shift key masked the second bit, turning 01100001 -> 01000001
I don't know why "M" maps to enter and "I" maps to tab; I imagine it had to do with the ordering of the control codes being somewhat arbitrary
@michel_slm wow, is that a Thinkpad laptop, Salim? What's your experience in using it so far with Fedora?
@ademalsasa yup, it's a T490s - we have the T series in our standard hardware catalog at work, though we normally buy them in black so this is a one-off silver evaluation unit (trust me, just get black).
Works great with Fedora, no issue on all Fedora releases I tried since 30 or so all the way to 33 beta.
@michel_slm very very nice review, Salim. Thank you so much.
I am currently purchasing T430 as I always am curious about Thinkpad. Do you have experiences or stories about T430? Thanks once again.
@ademalsasa there's a gap in my ThinkPad history between T61 and T470 unfortunately. Check the Arch wiki, normally all the quirks are documented there
@michel_slm thanks, wonderful advice! I also looked at Arch Wiki and ThinkWiki while purchasing Thinkpad few days ago (you know, from Bukalapak).
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