Linux + Xorg + VMware = trouble

July 4, 2008

Apparently there is a severe bug that relates to multiple distributions of Linux (I am using Ubuntu) and it has to do with VMware and Xorg. This bug causes the keyboard to go all out of whack when using VMware in full screen mode. As of right now there isn’t a solution to the problem but there are a few workarounds:

  1. execute ‘setxkbmap’ from the terminal
  2. In Ubuntu, Go to Applications > Other > Keyboard Layout, and remove the keyboard layout and then add it back and re-apply

Hopefully someone will correct this issue soon. But for now it seems like everyone is passing the buck (Xorg is blaming VMware, VMware is blaming Linux & Xorg, etc…)

If anyone has some incite or other work-arounds please post.

Links:
LaunchPad: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/195982
VMware Forums: http://communities.vmware.com/message/975867
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