Hi, to add my 2 cents...

Linux versions ask for your language (or even geolocate your IP :-))
and then default to your timezone (not needed for DOS if you assume
RTC is on local time) and keyboard layout for that language & place.

I think it would be very convenient if there could be a selection of
keyboard layouts in SOME way, not necessarily automatically. If you
use MKEYB as easy choice, there are only a SMALL number of layouts
to select. You can add a small step to the installer for that one.

If the user does not take one of those, you could add some example
KEYB line set to QWERTY layout along with information about where
to find a list of KEYB supported layouts, for example by invoking
HTMLHELP, so the user at least has a starting point for self-help.

Cheers, Eric

> The installer could configure the boot process to implement keyboard
> mapping without any difficulty. But, that is not the issue.
> Mostly, no information has been provided to me regarding keyboard
> layouts.
> Also, it is very possible that a user may prefer German, Spanish or
> other language. But, they may be using an English qwerty keyboard.
> Or, Dvorak or French keyboard. Which one should be automatically set?

> Many Linux distributions offer a language selection then also ask
> which keyboard you have. Or at least they verify that they have
> guessed your keyboard by having you type in a box.
> So, it is unlikely that that will make it into the version 1.2
> release. If I were to receive the specific information for each of
> the major languages. AND, Jim gives it the Okay. I might be able to
> include that if time permits.

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