Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sat Nov 26 16:16:26 CST 2005

On Sat, Nov 26, 2005 at 11:27:31PM +0200, Michael Shigorin wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 02:36:17AM +0200, Phillip Pare wrote:
> > I was suprised to see that Breezy does not come with support
> > for a serial mouse.
> ROFL.  After having a bit of an argument on exactly the same
> matter half a year ago regarding serial mice support in 
> (err... it's an analogy, not a plug :) ALT Linux 3.0 Compact
> I'm wondering if it's the biggest kudzu privilege these days,
> Bringing Ancient Mice Up. :)
> Seriously though, it's BeOS who stared to trade in universal
> hardware compatibility for actual hardware compatibility,
> given quite limited developer resources.  Maybe it's OK?

Ubuntu does of course support serial mice, it merely doesn't automatically
detect them, and manual configuration using command-line tools is necessary.

It would be interesting to hear from those of you with serial mice whether
the 'mdetect' program (in the package of the same name) detects them
adequately, and whether loading the 'sermouse' module gets them working with
an unmodified (automatically generated) X configuration file.  If both of
these are true, the rest seems fairly straightforward.


 - mdz

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