Boot up Sparky after a googe search.
on my hard drive command
setxkbmap -query (exists) and outputs the current strings held in /etc/default/keyboard
but PARTIAL success with command from root terminal ....with sparky is
setxkboard -layout us
where I already knew my current layout was gb
Its not FULL success because peeking into /etc/default/keyboard shows no change.
ok so for any random user we need to run
to see the layout string
then run with root powers
setxkboard -layout <country string>
Further tests where you need to use options for users would use command
setxkboard -layout <country string> -option <option string>
more details can be found by running
Alternative to running keyboard-configuration is to use file manager?
hmm this looks like a remaster of a Debian live cd as I can see scripts in
/lib/live/config for login types slim, nodm etc
so I have not resolved this kb layout issue but its partially resolved.
to find good solution for all users might need feedback?