Linked by lopisaur on Fri 25th Jun 2010 22:21 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Based upon a recent email to the X.Org developers' mailing list, Canonical is nearing the point of one of their goals for Ubuntu 10.10 of a rootless X Server, or being able to run the X.Org Server without root privileges.
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RE[4]: Big deal...
by Zifre on Sun 27th Jun 2010 01:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Big deal..."
Zifre
Member since:
2009-10-04

Mouse hot-plugging in X11 has worked on non-Linux OSes for many many many years (FreeBSD has had moused (/dev/sysmouse) support since the early 3.x days, for example). Don't blame X11 for a shortcoming of Linux.

I don't know how long FreeBSD or Linux has supported it, but I know that I've been hotplugging USB mice since I started using Ubuntu four years ago. FreeBSD may have supported it earlier, but it's not like Linux got support yesterday...

For some reason, you really seem to have a strong anti-Linux agenda. Whenever anyone points out some problem with anything, you immediately attribute it to a shortcoming of Linux, and point out how FreeBSD has done that right for years. I'm sure you're sometimes correct. FreeBSD is awesome (I just use Linux because it's given me less hardware problems). Just try not to be a fanboi.

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RE[5]: Big deal...
by zlynx on Mon 28th Jun 2010 05:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Big deal..."
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

The kernel device /dev/mice has worked since at least 2001 and maybe earlier. This device takes the input from all mice and presents it as a Microsoft Explorer PS/2 protocol.

If you or your distro set X to use /dev/mice then hotplugging any number of mice worked flawlessly.

The only exceptions were special devices like the Space Orb, multi-ball trackballs, mice with more than 7 buttons, etc.

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