Open source and Linux in 2014

In today's open source roundup: Looking back at open source and Linux in 2014. Plus: Switching from Apple laptops to Chromebooks, and the best gaming mouse for Linux?

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Best gaming mouse for Linux?

Linux gamers have not always had it easy when it comes to peripherals, including mice. A redditor recently asked about Linux support in gaming mice, and got some helpful answers in the Linux subreddit.

Kirov123 asked about companies that support Linux in their devices:

I'm looking to get a new gaming mouse, and I was wondering if any companies have proper full Linux support for their devices and if not, what mice I can program in Windows then switch back to Linux and utilize my macros or extra buttons.

I am rather interested in the Roccat Tyon if I can get the analog paddle to work.

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PinkyThePig noted that Roccat provides documentation and informal support:

Roccat is really the only one to my knowledge with support, and even then, it isn't direct support. They provide documentation, and someone from the community actually wrote the drivers, so there won't be any official support.

Otherwise, the Naga series of mice from razer have a community made driver that allows you to switch up LEDs and such, although no key rebind.

That all said, there are numerous ways to rebind your mouse keys, even without official driver support. As long as the key registers as a keypress (and not something internal to the mouse such as a DPI switch) then with a bit of knowhow, you can modify the bindings with either udev or the x server.

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Itscomingdown shared his experiences with the UtechSmart US-D8200-GM mouise :

I have a UtechSmart US-D8200-GM gaming mouse. It works fine on Linux with the Xubuntu 14.04 kernel, and with the recent Vanilla (on arch and Gentoo) kernels. Previously there was a number that needed to be changed in the kernel source (some number that had no real hard limit that someone foolishly set to a low arbitrary number) to make it work, but now days it works just fine out of the box.

This mouse is really cheap too, I got it for $25; it also has a higher build quality than many $80 mice.

EDIT: The macro button functions are done in hardware on the mouse, but I wouldn't know about changing them on Linux. My hack is to use virtualbox with USB passthrough to run Wangblows and run the configurator from there, on the rare time that I need to. My guess is that reverse-engineering the protocol would be easy enough for someone so inclined, and it should work with any other Avago ADNS-8200 based mouse.

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