This time I write about my new keyboard: the cherry evolution stream. I primarily decided to buy a new one because I wanted to switch to the US layout, which has it’s advantages when coding or just because I am used to write with the US layout at university. I bought it at keybo.de where it is possible to get almost every possible layout, they sent it very fast and payment was possible via bill so I can recommend that shop.

So far I have no problems with the keyboard, I quite like it. I plugged it into the keyboard PS/2 port (is there an advantage of using an USB port?) and it worked out of the box under linux. I use just the standard xorg kdb driver for X:
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

although even auto-detection in never xorg versions should work. Only the multimedia buttons do not work without additional configuration but I did not expect that, where would be the fun? ;) So it was a rather easy task to get all the keycodes using xev and combine them with the appropriate actions. Add
keycode 160 = XF86AudioMute
keycode 174 = XF86AudioLowerVolume
keycode 176 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume
keycode 144 = XF86AudioPrev
keycode 162 = XF86AudioPlay
keycode 153 = XF86AudioNext

to your .Xmodmap file (or wherever you thinks it’s best) and … run it through xmodmap:
xmodmap .Xmodmap .
To use the volume buttons you may want to install kmilo under kde.