I'm looking to use Colemak in Ubuntu without remapping Caps Lock. Is this possible?
I tried fiddling around with xmodmap. I can use it to remap the caps lock to certain functions, but I cannot "unmap" it from backspace. For example, I can map caps lock to caps lock using xmodmap, but then hitting the caps lock key will both toggle caps lock and hit backspace.
xmodmap -e 'keycode 66 = Caps_Lock'
xmodmap -e 'add Lock = Caps_Lock'
xset -r 66
The first two (the part between quotes) can be put in an .Xmodmap file in your homedir, I think Gnome will load them automatically. If not, run "xmodmap .Xmodmap" in your startup script.
Alternatively, you can edit the layout files directly (make a copy, or download the original one from the Colemak website, so system updates won't overwrite your changes).
Good suggestion modifying the layout itself. I commented out the Caps remap and it works perfectly. I had trouble finding the xkb/symbols directory, though. Apparently it's in /usr/share/X11, unlike many guides suggested.