This is a quick bugfix post that might help someone else.
I just installed Xubuntu 9.10 Karmic on my laptop, and found
that the Escape key wouldn’t work in the Terminal application. This
makes using vim a bit tricky. (It’s not impossible: you can use
Ctrl-[ instead, but that’s annoying if it’s a change
from what you’re used to.)
I haven’t got to the bottom of the problem, but the fix was to clear two keyboard shortcuts:
- Settings → Window Manager → Keyboard → Cancel (default is Escape)
- Settings → Keyboard → Application Shortcuts → xfce4-popup-menu (default is Ctrl-Escape)
I guess that the problem is something to do with Escape and Ctrl-Escape not being interpreted as distinct sequences, but I’m not sure. In any case, I’ve never knowingly used Ctrl-Escape, so it’s no loss to me.
I also don’t know whether Ubuntu proper shares the same problem.