It didn’t take long for me to find something wrong with my new installation: the keyboard doesn’t work with remote desktop.
The big problem is that when I connect to my remote computer, the caps lock key doesn’t work. So, I can’t turn on caps lock. I tried to compile rdesktop from SourceForge, but that didn’t help. The caps lock key works with it, but the arrow keys do not.
Here is how I compiled it (just in case you want to try):
sudo apt-get install libx11-dev libssl-dev ./configure make
I just now found a fix (from the thread). Change the file /usr/share/rdesktop/keymaps/common . Change the line that says “Caps_Lock 0x0 inhibit” to “Caps_Lock 0x3a capslock”. I tried it out and everything works!
Now, I did have a couple of other issues. I use a docking station at work, and the caps lock key works weirdly with it: pushing the key turns caps lock on and off, but it does not turn the caps lock light on or off. Also, I have VMWare installed, and the arrow keys and such don’t work with the console. Changing this common file, and it does not fix the problem.