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It's a major frustration for me, too, as an Emacs user.

I'm still looking for a hardware dongle that does nothing but map the caps lock scan code to left ctrl. Sure, I can rebind the key (and I do) but as a contractor I move around a lot and having something that circumvents the OS entirely would come in handy.

I use a keyboard that has a similar layout to that in the images above (ctrl to left of A, tilde on home key at top right etc). It's called the Happy Hacking Keyboard and is made in Japan by a Fujitsu subsidiary: see here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Hacking_Keyboard. It's extremely expensive (~$300 or so) but has amazing key action and having gotten used to it I would never want to use anything else

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