I think this is purely a kde issue. Check under System Settings > Startup and Shutdown > Service Manager > Startup Services > Keyboard DaemonThe box should be checked to enable different keyboard layouts.
When Windows boot it will load many programs on the background called Startup Program. These program can be easily managed using this Simple Startup Manager. This program will help you to add or remove the startup program list. Like its name, Simple Startup Manager is very easy to use, no confuse settings. You can also [...]
This is from a bug I reported that never got a response (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/console-setup/+bug/881222). That was a 11.10 upgrade and now with a Precise upgrade, the issue continues with the Precise upgrade.
I can't add alternative keyboard layouts.
Steps to reproduce
Go to Keyboard Layout
Press the + button
Nothing at all appears.
I usually type in Spanish, so my first choice in system-preferences-keyboard-layouts in Spanish. However, a couple of times the keyboard has set itself to the USA config, something that can be quite annoying when trying to log in in the system (password keys dont input the same characters in both layouts, it seems)
Preventing unneeded or unwanted services from loading at startup can improve system performance. This simple tutorial will show you how to manage your Ubuntu system’s services on boot.
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