If you’ve never seen one before, a 60% keyboard looks like this: This is the keyboard (DZ60) I built many months ago as my old one, an exposed circuit board susceptible to air drafts, stopped working.
Having unlabelled keycaps and using a tiling window manager (bspwm) greatly increases the security of my workstation:
- Few people know how to use a tiling window manager
- I configure things in weird ways that will probably confuse everyone else
- If you aren’t beyond proficient at typing, the keyboard is frustrating
I was expecting to have to do some adjusting but didn’t need to.
Nothing actually changed here, except that now that key is also
ESC and grave.
The layout looks this:
I also used the arrow keys to navigate shell history.
The layout I use has a “layer switch” key on the bottom row where the “context” key usually is.
If I want to type arrow keys, I hold that key and use
h,j,k,l as if I were in Vim.
The same key turns the
ESC key into grave.
ESC is used frequently for switching modes in Vim.
Using a 60% keyboard is actually better for Vim in my opinion, because
ESC is closer, being to the immediate right of 1.
I don’t have any problems with Vim or Linux using a 60% keyboard. The only thing missing is a numpad, which I replace with the buttons on the side of a Logitech G600 using Piper to configure its bindings.