Norwegian keyboard on the N950

The N950 is delivered with a keyboard without Norwegian keys, so I decided to map holding the function/arrow key and pressing comma (,), period (.) or asterix (*) to ø, æ and å, respectively.

I you are Norwegian and just want this to work straight away, you can do the following on your device:

ssh root@localhost
cp /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/nokia_vndr/rm-680 /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/nokia_vndr/rm-680-backup
cp rm-680 /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/nokia_vndr/
setxkbmap -model nokiarm680 -layout us

And that should do the trick. The keys are mapped as follows:

FN + .             æ
FN + ,             ø
FN + *             å
FN + SHIFT + .     Æ
FN + SHIFT + ,     Ø
FN + SHIFT + *     Å

If you’re speaking a different language and just want to edit the keymap manually, you can open up the rm-680 keymap file

nano /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/nokia_vndr/rm-680

and find the US section close to the top:

// setxkbmap -model nokiarm680 -layout us
partial alphanumeric_keys
xkb_symbols "us" {
    include "nokia_vndr/rm-680(english-base)"

    name[Group1] = "English US";

Then add the following for Norwegian characters:

// setxkbmap -model nokiarm680 -layout us
partial alphanumeric_keys
xkb_symbols "us" {
    include "nokia_vndr/rm-680(english-base)"

    name[Group1] = "English US";

    // dragly keys
    key <AB08>	{ [	comma,		semicolon,	oslash,	Oslash	] };
    key <AB09>	{ [	period,		colon,		ae,		AE		] };
    key <AC11>	{ [	apostrophe,	asterisk,	aring,	Aring	] };

Now, this still affects the comma, period and asterix, but you can change them to whatever you like. If you have a look through the rm-680 file, you might also find other mappings that you would like to change. Do as you like, and when you’re done, just save the file by pressing CTRL+x, Y and ENTER. Afterwards, just refresh the keymap by issuing the command

setxkbmap -model nokiarm680 -layout us

You can of course create a new keymap instead of editing the US one, but that would require you to run setxkbmap every time you reboot to load the keymap again.

Good luck!

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Svenn-Arne Dragly

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  1. Thank you for your tip!

    Attached is also the modification to map the german ö, ä, ü to the FN + Left, Down and Up keys:
    Open the mentioned file /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/nokia_vndr/rm-680 and search for the line
    xkb_symbols “common-keys” {

    Below it, replace the lines
    key { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Up, Page_Up ] };
    key { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Left, Home ] };
    key { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Down, Page_Down ] };
    key { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Right, End ] };

    key { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Up, udiaeresis ] };
    key { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Left, odiaeresis ] };
    key { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Down, adiaeresis ] };
    key { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Right, End ] };

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