Set Keyboard Repeat Delay and Rate

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If you are working with Vim for example, navigating through text can be much faster with a higher autorepeat rate.

Generic X11

You can use the xset command to set 400 milliseconds delay and 100 repeat rate.

user $xset r rate 400 100

KDE4

Open System Settings and navigate to Input Devices module. Chose Keyboard and open the Hardware Tab. Set Delay and Rate to your prefered values.