prior to this--and after this, having reinstalled debian--the keyboard on my Asus laptop has functioned perfectly. The funny thing is, if I plug in a usb keyboard, it'll work just fine in Salix. My laptop keyboard specifically, I hate to say, and which I might add looks identical to most other laptop keyboards in the US market, is perfectly compatible with Salix in all respects notwithstanding my "p" and semicolon key.
It's really strange, because it works perfectly on the live cd, and, when I configure my keyboard layout in the installer, it works fine, but those two keys won't do what I want them to; instead, my "p" key places an asterisk regardless of whether or not I hold the shift key, and my semicolon key does the same except with a dash. I've reconfigured my keyboard layout, ofcourse--both when installing the system (I used uk qwerty and us dvorak) and through the de configuration. I've installed multiple versions of Salix paired with the same de, and I've installed several different implementations of salix with different de's.
I'm not mad or anything: I just think it's really strange how the only thing that's soiled my install of Salix is a simple "p" key. I don't even really care about semicolons that much. I pressed all the keys in notepad to see what output they had, and none of them result in the letter "p". It's unfortunate to say that I might have to give up Salix just because of a single character--but I really like the letter "p". I can't live without it, so this post is also sort of a fairwell to Salix. I think it's a really cool project, though, and I appreciate what all you all are doing, and I hope you keep up the good work! But this is the end for me. Thanks for reading my post.