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Keychron K6 #keyboard #hardware

🕥︎ - 2021-10-03

I may have a slight keyboard addiction. I picked up a Keychron K6 recently - it was on sale, and I haven't tried a keyboard as compact before.

Also, I wanted to try going wireless; I have always preferred wired mice and keyboards - no batteries that run out - but since I work in an open plan office with free seating these days, untangling wires every morning after locating a free desk is starting to get old.

To make it work right under Linux, the keyboard needs to be in "Win/Android" mode, and in /etc/modprobe.d/hid_apple.conf the text options hid_apple fnmode=2 needs to be added, and finally you need to sudo update-initramfs -u.

To just fix it immediately until next reboot, do echo 2 | sudo tee /sys/module/hid_apple/parameters/fnmode.

The company doesn't have Linux support itself, but it does direct customers to a forum in the accompanying documentation.

I got the Keychron K6 connected via bluetooth to my Ubuntu 18.04-laptop, but it doesn't stay that way after leaving it alone over night, and it doesn't reconnect after rebooting the laptop. Which kind of defeats the purpose.

While I used the keyboard, I noticed that I sometimes reach for the right Ctrl-key, which doesn't exist on this layout.

Oh well, it was worth a try.

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