I'm rather accustomed to having partial Emacs key bindings wherever I type text on my Mac. Strange that Ubuntu does that only in bash, by default (and, of course, Emacs itself). So I went googling for how to make it so, and found this at stackoverflow:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme "Emacs"
Worked like a charm. The per-user settings appear to be stored in
~/.config/dconf/user, which is some sort of binary database. Sigh. Unix used to be almost all text files. So much easier for us poor humans to grok that way.
The other annoying thing in Ubuntu's new Unity interface is that the Alt key opens the HUD (search and program launcher). You can disable this in System Settings/Keyboard/Shortcuts/Key to Show the HUD. Click that line and press the <backspace> key, or pick another shortcut, if you feel a need to get there without the mouse. For details, look here.
Ubuntu 14.04 (Tasty Tahr)
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