Learning Dvorak

March 28, 2010 at 5:17 am (commands, tips)

Dvorak Keyboard

So I’ve decided I’m going to start learning Dvorak as a layout for my keyboard. I’ve always wondered why people use that instead of QWERTY; this site explains it all:


Yes, I know, that site is hideous, but it does have a lot of useful information on switching. This is the easiest way to switch between keyboard layouts in Arch:

$ setxkbmap dvorak – Switch to Dvorak
$ setxkbmap us – Switch back to US [QWERTY] style layout.

My initial switch to Dvorak dropped my words per minute down to around 5. Major difference in speed. But with practice over the next couple weeks, my speed should improve and return back to normal (and hopefully much faster).


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