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A question for our SE Linux mavens:

by Paul C / November 16, 2004 10:22 AM PST

I posted a couple things over at the Linux forum; they're here and here.

I covet any suggestions you might have...


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Re: A question for our SE Linux mavens:
by David Evans / November 16, 2004 10:34 AM PST

This is the next distribution that I'll be installing:


I have one of the live-cds and it's really good. The last cd I downloaded has flash and java and all the codecs for multimedia stuff. I think Tex had to stop putting Flash in due to a licensing issue, and I'm way behind on the developers email so don't know how that was resolved.

PCLinuxOS started off as a fork from Mandrake, then developed into its own thing. I was going to wait until it hit 1.0 before installing but I might go ahead and install at 0.8.


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Re: A question for our SE Linux mavens:
by null. / November 16, 2004 10:36 AM PST

Mandrake 10 (community) is good - It's what I currently use.
I have used Fedora, in all flavors, I do not like it - I found it geared to the noobie (the one who just heard of linux) and as such the GUI is cumbersome for me. Try http://www.linuxiso.org/ for most distros available. It don't hurt to DL and BURN the ISO'S. Next for me to try is Slackware 10.

Don Erickson
California Republican and very proud of it!

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Last time I tried Linux
by Dragon / November 16, 2004 11:33 AM PST

I had it one one part of the drive, with Win on the other. Somehow WIN knew Linux was there. I could tell when I was firing up WIN. It didnt look right, and it was acting funny. That was not supposed to happen.

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Re: A question for our SE Linux mavens:
by Edward ODaniel / November 16, 2004 12:33 PM PST

Hello Paul,

Never tried a USB mouse on Linux but you might give this a try:

I assume you already Edited /etc/modules.conf as root and added the following line:

alias mouse usbmouse

Also check for these lines in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Intelli Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "AlwaysCore"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"

If that doesn't help try:

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "USB Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Buttons" "5"

Later Distros supposedly fixed this little problem with USB mice.

Regarding Redhat vs. Mandrake, that is just something you have to experience on your own because it sort of gets into the Ford vs. Chevy vs. Mopar.

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(NT) (NT) Get it working?
by Edward ODaniel / November 17, 2004 10:57 AM PST
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Re: (NT) Get it working?
by Paul C / November 17, 2004 6:13 PM PST
In reply to: (NT) Get it working?

Not yet, as I can't open the files to edit them as per your suggestion without mouse support (or do you know a way to do that, too?). I'm guessing that a more up to date distribution's in order here, and will take care of that issue tonight...

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Re: (NT) Get it working?
by Edward ODaniel / November 18, 2004 4:41 AM PST

su to root then use vi or nano or whatever text editor to edit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 (once in the terminal the command would be vi /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

(If you don't have or have never used nano look it over here http://www.nano-editor.org/ -- really a simple to use text editor)

Alternatively, X comes with a keyboard mouse which is activated by pressing CTRL-SHIFT-NUMLOCK (allows keypad to emulate mouse actions):
<8>: moves mouse pointer upward
<4>: moves pointer to the left
<6>: moves pointer to the right
<2>: moves pointer downward
<5>: emulates pressing mouse button 1
<->: changes the emulated mouse button
<0>: enters 'click and hold' mode (e.g. for drag and drop)
<+>: emulates a double-click

Do be aware that this emulated movement is pretty slow, but you can increase its speed considerably by pressing any other key while moving. This takes some exercise, though... Note that this times out after a while, so you might have to press CTRL-SHIFT-NUMLOCK again to reactivate it.

Hope it helps.

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