[OpenBIOS] [Qemu-ppc] [Qemu-devel] Mac OS X on QEMU

Scott Wood scottwood at freescale.com
Tue Jul 9 20:18:35 CEST 2013

On 07/04/2013 09:58:04 AM, Programmingkid wrote:
> On Jul 4, 2013, at 10:51 AM, Stefan Hajnoczi wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM, Alexander Graf <agraf at suse.de>  
> wrote:
> >>
> >> On 04.07.2013, at 16:40, Programmingkid wrote:
> >>
> >>> We have made a lot of progress in the last month with making Mac  
> OS X run in QEMU. A lot of people are to thank for this milestone. To  
> everyone involved, thank you.
> >>>
> >>> There is one thing that we have to figure out. That is the  
> command key issue. This key is a very important on the Macintosh. It  
> is used to send keyboard shortcuts to applications.
> >>>
> >>> What I propose is adding a menu item to QEMU's menu called "Map  
> Command key to ALT". This would allow a user to be able to send  
> Macintosh applications command key shortcuts from both a PC and Mac  
> keyboard.
> >>>
> >>> I welcome any and all ideas to solve this problem.
> >>
> >> This is the wrong mailing list for this. Your proposal would touch  
> non-PPC code in QEMU, so this needs to go to qemu-devel.
> >>
> >> Keep in mind that the same thing arises with x86 Mac OS X running  
> in QEMU.
> >
> > When I VNC into a Mac I find that the "Windows key" becomes the
> > Command key.  And the same probably happens when you plug a  
> non-Apple
> > USB keyboard into a Mac.
> I was thinking about the Windows key. It would be the perfect  
> substitute - if it was available on all keyboards.
> >
> > If you are using a keyboard with a "Windows key" then that would be
> > the most natural option.  If you don't have that key then you really
> > need to map something else...
> >
> > Stefan
> Maybe there should be two menu items:
> "Map command key to ALT" and "Map command key to Windows key".
> They would be mutually exclusive of course.

Isn't the Windows key already the same thing as the Command key, in  
terms of the actual keycode generated?  And you'd still want to have an  
actual ALT key available...  The option should just be whether to swap  
the Command/Windows and ALT keys for better ergonomics.


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