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    Phoronix: Logitech Begins Supporting Linux Users

    While Linux game developers and publishers have grown more interested in the Linux market-share over the past year following Valve's major Linux play, one of the sectors that is still lagging behind is gaming hardware and peripherals. Fortunately, Logitech is finally beginning to show their Linux cards...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM3NDk

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    I noticed the other day that there was a Tux-logo on the side of the Logitech B110 box. Granted that is the most generic mouse and just uses the generic driver, but still In the specs that they send to the stores they also do include Linux 2.6 support for a few different mice and keyboards.

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    • #3
      Doesn't change the fact that they still sell overpriced hardware that doesn't last.

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      • #4
        If they were smart they'd just mainline a driver and be done with it, let the community take care of API breaks and general maintenance while they work on features and product-cover

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RealNC View Post
          Doesn't change the fact that they still sell overpriced hardware that doesn't last.
          I haven't had a single Logitech mouse or keyboard die on me. Even have an old square logitech serial 3 button mouse that keeps on going.

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          • #6
            I don't see the linux support. They've NO linux software/drivers, and it's no surprise that their basic two or three button mice are compatible with linux. This would be noteworthy if they came out with some software for e.g. their touchpads which lack any decent support on linux.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RealNC View Post
              Doesn't change the fact that they still sell overpriced hardware that doesn't last.
              It depends on the product, as always. My G500 and G11 have been fine for 3.5 years already and they do not show any sign of weakness, both work perfectly on Linux (minus the programmable keys on keyboard, which are considered as F-keys... the buttons on the mouse work, that's more important). However, some (wireless) headset I bought from them had a poor (but working) Linux compatibility and broke after a few months of use.

              Overpriced? You can find G500s for less than 45 euros today (there was even one at 28 euros on sale, a few weeks ago). No other "gaming" mouse has better quality/price ratio.
              Last edited by Calinou; 05-19-2013, 04:29 AM.

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              • #8
                Logitech is one of the best brands in my opinion. When they first started they had spyware/malware like installation software for win95/98, which tried to take over you computer. Times have changed and their hardware is some of the best design and lifespans between the hardware makers. Their hardware usually works without proprietary drivers.

                Microsoft hardware on the other hand seems to have integrated obsolescence built in, as the hardware seems to die after a certain time frame.

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                • #9
                  Huh? This is nothing new. The 'Linux compatible' entry exists since a couple of years...
                  http://web.archive.org/web/201011271...-pointers/mice

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by e8hffff View Post
                    Microsoft hardware on the other hand seems to have integrated obsolescence built in, as the hardware seems to die after a certain time frame.
                    I'm still using a Microsoft IntelliMouse that I got in late 2002. Eleven years and still working perfectly.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by deanjo View Post
                      I haven't had a single Logitech mouse or keyboard die on me. Even have an old square logitech serial 3 button mouse that keeps on going.
                      http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...029#post328029

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                        Doesn't change the fact that they still sell overpriced hardware that doesn't last.
                        Mouse: Logitech MX510 lasts since 2004 and is still as good as on the first day
                        Keyboard: Logitech Internet Navigator lasts since ~2003 and is also as good as on the first day

                        I'm not planning to replace the mouse or the keyboard in the next few years. I think your statement is a bit too general...

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                        • #13
                          And that is supposed to convince me otherwise when I have seen their products last for years in corporate, educational, and personal settings over two decades? It tells me that you may either have a bad luck or are extremely hard on your equipment.

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                          • #14
                            Support wise the guy responsible for the logitech kernel driver was very quick to reply and fix the bug i reported for my mouse.

                            And they replaced my mouse under warranty for a faulty switch.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by droste View Post
                              Mouse: Logitech MX510 lasts since 2004 and is still as good as on the first day
                              Keyboard: Logitech Internet Navigator lasts since ~2003 and is also as good as on the first day

                              I'm not planning to replace the mouse or the keyboard in the next few years. I think your statement is a bit too general...
                              The quality of Logitech may vary, some is too low, others are decent. But if you want quality keyboards you should try Das Keyboard or Filco.

                              Regarding mice, I've found some Razer mice to be quite good, but as with Logitech the quality might vary...

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