Re: The World's Most Expensive 2 Button Mouse and Linux.
From: Reinhard Gimbel (reinhard_at_dragonfly7.de)
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 23:23:52 +0100
Hello community !
Patty Poppins wrote:
> Yet another example of Linux's failure to support modern hardware to the
> full level of it's capability.
Is it a failure of Linux when manufacturers deliver Windows drivers only
? No ! At this time the market is focused on Windows only. Therefore
manufacturers will supply tools/drivers for Windows only.
Have you ever thought about thois fact ?
> I purchased a Logitech Laser Mouse Model MX610.
> I wanted a laser mouse because I do video editing, prefer a cordless mouse
> and the laser mouse offers far greater response and resolution. It is also
> much better for gaming, although I doubt Linux users will be interested in
That must not necessarily be true ...
> So I plug the mouse in USB and Windows instantly recognizes it:
> Tilt wheel.
> Left and right buttons.
> 5 buttons on top.
> 2 buttons on the left side.
Some history: The first mouse connected to a personal computer -- no,
not a device based on "IBM-PC" we know today; it was Apple LISA -- has
got a single button only. And worked pretty well ...
> All are recognized, but I don't like what they control as default.
> Pop the CD that came with the mouse in the drive and instantly I can
> select all kinds of options including assignable buttons, notice when
> battery runs low and so forth.
Windows drivers handle that all. The mouse itself is pretty dumb ... All
the functionality is done by the drivers. Full stop.
Manufacturers keep there knowledge and pass it to the driver designers
under NDA condition. That is the same with high-end grafics cards (and
> So now let us move to Linux, Suse 10 in particular.
> Plug it in and nothing happens on reboot.
> Ok figure out how to use keyboard to select things and I get to yast and
> now I can hunt and peck until I pick the right mouse.
> I get it on the 8th try and now I have a 2 button mouse.
There are so many mouse protocols available. With the drivers disk
supplied with the mouse Windows can be satisfied easily. But have you
ever found a drivers disk for Linux ?
I guess you might get at least three-button-with-single-wheel mouse
> I try all the other selections just in case but nothing works.
> So with Windows I have a state of the art, laser tilt wheel mouse that
> fully works and with Linux i have the worlds most expensive 2 button mouse.
> Typical Linux, always behind the curve and people wonder why Linux still
> has virtually no desktop market share
> This is one reason and you can blame Logitech all you like but the fact
> remains that the Windows user has access to the latest hardware and all of
> it's features and the Linux user is flummoxed.
Always depends on your point of view ...
Again a good example for the well known chicken-egg-problem, isn't it ?
-- Never give up ! GruŖ, Reinhard.