Ubuntu is another cool thing, which I enjoy using at the moment. But it has certain ``problems'' (or maybe ``features'' that I'm not used to). One of them pops up when I use VMware server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10.
In short, everything went fine (well, almost), except that I found my UP arrow key is gone, and my DOWN arrow key becomes the Windows key in my guest XP.
This was not a new problem. I had the same problem with previous versions of VMware and Ubuntu, but unfortunately forgot what the solution was. I had a one-line script that reads:
setxkbmap -rules xorg -layout "us" -model pc
which I remember solved one of the previous problems, but it didn't work anymore.
Googling on VMware and Ubuntu gives me a lot of information, so much so that I couldn't find relevant solution easily. Eventually I came across this howto:
How to VMWare Server 2.0 on Ubuntu 8.10
This basically says that adding the following line in /etc/vmware/config would solve the problem for VMware server (VMware Workstation requires a bit more work).
xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = TRUE
This one-line solution solved my keyboard problem. I'm really glad that someone took the trouble to write this howto to help people like me, who have problems remembering every detail.