ROCCAT has had open source drivers for Linux for years now. Here's more information on the subject.
Phoronix: Razer's DeathAdder 6400 DPI Gaming Mouse On Linux
While new games continue to be announced for Linux almost daily and Valve's SteamOS and Steam Machines efforts are pushing more hardware vendors towards looking at Linux support, leading gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer still goes without Linux support...
i have Roccat Arvo keyboard and Kova+ mouse, both have macro, tweaking utilities for linux
can change dpi, lights, macros, easy shift buttons etc with a GUI..
I´ve been using Roccat peripherals for a few years now, and I can confirm they are working fine on Linux. Although I have no idea how to set the custom buttons.
I have a classic DeathAdder. It's pretty nice, although I'm yet to find out why one would ever need to change the DPI (as opposed to changing OS mouse settings). I bought it for the durability, ergonomics and button layout.
Personally, I'm not fond of generic devices that REQUIRE 3rd party drivers, even in Windows. I also don't care for a DPI that high, and I don't like spending a lot of money on a product that will break down around the same time as something worth less than half the price (assuming I take care of it).
I don't hate the Razer company, I just never found their products appealing to me personally.
I also have a Madcatz (formerly Cyborg) R.A.T. 5 mouse, which requires the following to be added to xorg.conf, but works perfectly thereafter:
My main problem with Razer is their new configuration tool for the Lycosa - if you want to store any key bindings or configuration options then you need to use their tool to do so. However, the new tool requires you to create an account with them. That's why I'm not so keen on them.Code:Section "InputClass" Identifier "Cyborg RAT 5" MatchProduct "R.A.T.5|R.A.T.7|R.A.T.9" MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" Option "Buttons" "17" Option "ButtonMapping" "1 2 3 4 5 0 0 8 9 7 6 12 0 0 0 16 17" Option "AutoReleaseButtons" "13 14 15" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7" EndSection
I've generally found that 'gaming' equipment lasts longer that cheap counterparts, but I'm probably comparing opposite ends of the scale. I tend not to be bothered about the cost of a keyboard/mouse so much as how it feels to use it - given how often I use them both I'll happily pay extra for something I like the feel of.