This reminds me of something - I REALLY need to get all the mods and Freespace Open to use my preferred keyboard layout.
On the subject of layout, I use my mouse for braking and acceleration, with the middle button being used for afterburners. I use WSAD for steering, such as A being turn left, D being turn right, etc. I find it that it's much more responsive, and it helps me dogfight a lot better than the default layout. My targeting keys are also close to my maneuvering keys, so I can rapidly select specific stuff, like turrets or say, the engine subsystem. I use space for primaries, since when I use to it for secondaries, I had a tendency to knock the space bar and waste my secondaries. So I assigned them to Ctrl instead. I also use the alt key for switching inbetween dual-fire and single-fire.
I used to just use the default layout, because I found reassigning all the keys each time I played a new mod to be very tedious and tiring.
I'm honestly not sure what keys to assign for gliding yet, though.
Just wondering though, what do you think of the layout I described? I'm always trying to get my keyboard to be easy to use while avoiding tiring my hands and fingers, but I also want it to react quickly - I'm not fond of being stuck with a few options for maneuvering during dogfights. It'd be nice to hear other people's experiences.