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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tristan McLeay

> On 02/03/08 09:34:18, [log in to unmask] wrote:
> 
> > The Alt keys don't bug me so much as the Windows keys which are
> > right where they keep getting pressed by accident.  I don't know
why
> > they didn't just stick those up with SysReq (Isn't that what
this
> > key was for anyway?) or the almost-never-used Scroll Lock.
> 
> Microsoft was just copying other keyboards like the Mac and Sun 
> keyboards, which both contain an extra command key compared 
> to 101-key 
> keyboards. Some laptop keyboards do put the Windows key all the
way 
> over there, and it is very difficult & inconvenient to use, 
> especially 
> when you're trying to do shortcuts like Win-d to show the desktop.
I
> also find the key is especially useful on Linux/X11 for 
> various custom 
> purposes that won't conflict with default shortcuts (but 
> then, I mostly 
> use Sun and Mac keyboards so I wouldn't lose much if you managed
to 
> change Windows keyboards).

Most of what Microsoft does is copied from others.  I've always
hated XP (been running 2000 for home), and Vista looks even worse,
so I'm likely to switch to Linux very soon, or at least a dual boot
system to accomodate apps that won't work under WINE.