New Logitech Mouse & Sony Motion/Navigation Controller Support In Linux 4.2

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 22 June 2015 at 06:19 PM EDT. 12 Comments
Jiri Kosina of SUSE has sent in the HID driver updates for the Linux 4.2 kernel and with it comes new device support.

First up, the Logitech M560 mouse is now supported with Linux 4.2. The Logitech M560 is a ~$25 wireless mouse that has a "comfort design", Windows 8 edge menu button, thumb buttons, a hyper fast scroll wheel, and a reported eighteen month battery life.

Goffredo Baroncell added the Logitech M560 support to the Linux kernel and explained that it's a bit tricky, "The Logitech M560 is a wireless mouse designed for windows 8 which uses the unifying receiver. Compared to a standard one, some buttons (the middle one and the two ones placed on the side) are bound to a key combination instead of a generating classic 'mouse' button events. The device shows up as a mouse and keyboard combination: when the middle button is pressed it sends a key (as keyboard) combination, the same happens for the two side button. The left/right/wheel work as expected from a mouse. To complicate things further, the middle button sends different keys combinations between odd and even presses. In the "even" press it also sends a left click. But the worst thing is that no event is generated when the middle button is released."

With Linux 4.2 is also Sony Motion Controller and Navigation Controller support. The HID-Sony driver overall was improved. The Sony Motion Controller is a $30 device for the PlayStation 3/4 for interacting with games in different ways that can make use of the movement tracking, etc. The Move Navigation Controller is another handheld, wireless device for interacting with the PlayStation.

Other HID changes for Linux 4.2 include hardware support improvements for the Wacom driver, improved support for Plantronics devices, and various other updates. More details via the pull request.
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