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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    the environment you use and the tech it's built upon are important. Granted, you had your post tagged with gnome, but didn't make it 100% clear that you are not running stock ubuntu configuration. Is it gnome classic based on gnome2 or gnome3 libraries (i assume gnome3)?
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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by coldcritter64 View Post
    What DE are you using ?

    On non Unity / Gnome-shell installs it may be possible via System settings > Keyboard > Keyboard shorcuts tab, and assign a custom key setting for the Super key (Windows key) to utilise the command "gnome-terminal".
    I'm using Gnome Classic. I tried for a long while to find a way to accomplish the task with the keyboard short cut settings but I don't think there is a way to do it using that. I changed some stuff in the /apps/metacity/global_keybindings and the /apps/metacity/keybinding_commands files, in the same way I got it to work on Ubuntu 11.10 a year or so ago, but it hasn't worked. I suspect this method can still work and that I'm just missing a step somewhere. I tried calling the Super Key "Super_L", "Super", "<Super_L>", "Super", and so on until I tried all the possible combinations.

    Nothing has worked o far but I'm going to keep trying, hopefully with new information learned here.

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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaphell View Post
    the environment you use and the tech it's built upon are important. Granted, you had your post tagged with gnome, but didn't make it 100% clear that you are not running stock ubuntu configuration. Is it gnome classic based on gnome2 or gnome3 libraries?
    I'm running Ubuntu 12.04, Gnome Classic, but I don't know which libraries the Gnome Classic environment are built upon. If you can tell me how to find out I will look and post the answer here.

    What is the difference, relatively, between Gnome Classic being based on the Gnome 2 or Gnome 3 libraries? Is it because, as another poster suggested, Gnome 3 and later don't allow for the Super key to be mapped as a stand alone short cut?

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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    You ARE running gnome 3, you are confusing Gnome 3 with gnome-shell they are totally different things. Gnome 3 is the underlying libraries which are used by a lot of common desktop environments including gnome-shell, gnome-classic, unity and cinnamon. They all still use gnome 3
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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMark View Post
    You ARE running gnome 3, you are confusing Gnome 3 with gnome-shell they are totally different things. Gnome 3 is the underlying libraries which are used by a lot of common desktop environments including gnome-shell, gnome-classic, unity and cinnamon. They all still use gnome 3
    I don't know about gnome-shell. I haven't learned anything about that yet so I couldn't be confusing it with Gnome 3. I'm gonna have to Google some Gnome+X stuff. I guess maybe that explains why editing /apps/metacity/global_keybindings and /apps/metacity/keybinding_commands doesn't work. Now the question is, what is the right way to make Super_L invoke gnome-terminal.
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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMark View Post
    You ARE running gnome 3, you are confusing Gnome 3 with gnome-shell they are totally different things. Gnome 3 is the underlying libraries which are used by a lot of common desktop environments including gnome-shell, gnome-classic, unity and cinnamon. They all still use gnome 3
    So what is Gnome 3 and what is gnome-shell? Gnome 3 is a set of files, but it's not also its own seperate desktop environment? I haven't heard of gnome-shell before you mentioned it. What's the difference between gnome-shell and gnome-classic?

    In trying to figure this out, I came across some documentation that said the newest Unity interface (I don't remember which is the current version) includes and option to use the newest libraries while also reverting the look of the interface to something more similar to gnome-classic. I do like the idea of having the newest software and that's true of whatever UI libraries/version I am running on my Ubuntu installation. I can't do Unity on this 1024 X 600 netbook so I do hope there is a way to remap my keys to whatever I want without using Unity. I am obviously confused by all of these versions and libraries and stuff. Who can help clue me in?

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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    is there an answer to this thread?

    I actually don't want the control=control, alt/option=windows, and command=alt keys (Mac=Windows) to do anything by themselves. I only want them to be used as modifiers (just like the control key).

    I hit these accidentally a lot and it interrupts the flow of whatever window I am in.

    /iaw

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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by KittyCatHerder View Post
    So what is Gnome 3 and what is gnome-shell? Gnome 3 is a set of files, but it's not also its own seperate desktop environment? I haven't heard of gnome-shell before you mentioned it. What's the difference between gnome-shell and gnome-classic?

    In trying to figure this out, I came across some documentation that said the newest Unity interface (I don't remember which is the current version) includes and option to use the newest libraries while also reverting the look of the interface to something more similar to gnome-classic. I do like the idea of having the newest software and that's true of whatever UI libraries/version I am running on my Ubuntu installation. I can't do Unity on this 1024 X 600 netbook so I do hope there is a way to remap my keys to whatever I want without using Unity. I am obviously confused by all of these versions and libraries and stuff. Who can help clue me in?
    Wikipedia describes it better than I can
    The GNOME project provides two things: The GNOME desktop environment, a graphical user interface and core applications like Web, a simple web browser, and the GNOME development platform, an extensive framework for building applications that integrate into the rest of the desktop and mobile user interface.
    So the first part (the desktop environment) is what you see when you interact with the computer, gnome-shell, unity, gnome-classic, kde, cinnamon are all examples of these
    The second part (the development platform) is all the bits you don't see that make the desktop environment work as it does.

    Off topic now, so I'll but out here because I can't help with your original post
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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by iaw4 View Post
    is there an answer to this thread?

    I actually don't want the control=control, alt/option=windows, and command=alt keys (Mac=Windows) to do anything by themselves. I only want them to be used as modifiers (just like the control key).

    I hit these accidentally a lot and it interrupts the flow of whatever window I am in.

    /iaw
    So far my question has not been answered but I think I might be able to help you anyway.

    If you gksudo gconf-editor, navigate to /apps/metacity/global_keybindings, you will see a list of the keys on your keyboard and the things that they shorcut to. From here you can change keys to be shortcuts or not be shortcuts. You might have to also navigate to /apps/metacity/keybinding_commands and change the corresponding key commands to accomplish what you want. I am not well versed in this method and I don't know what might go wrong as a result of changing things here. I'm also not 100% clear on the syntax and format that needs to be used when re defining your keys so at least look at examples from existing entires so that you can get an idea of how to define the keys with the correct format.

    Unfortunately it doesn't work for the Super key, something to do with Gnome 3 not allowing the Super key to be a stand alone short cut. I'm still looking for an answer to my question but I hope I could help you with yours.

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    Re: Remap the "Windows" key to open Gnome Terminal.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMark View Post
    Wikipedia describes it better than I can So the first part (the desktop environment) is what you see when you interact with the computer, gnome-shell, unity, gnome-classic, kde, cinnamon are all examples of these
    The second part (the development platform) is all the bits you don't see that make the desktop environment work as it does.

    Off topic now, so I'll but out here because I can't help with your original post
    Sorry
    OK, so, the way I thought of it was correct after all. Gnome 3 describes the version of the user interface and Gnome-Shell describes what the interface is made of that is not in user space.

    Thanks for helping with that. I can't learn enough fast enough about this stuff!

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