Logitech Adds 'Linux Compatible' Option to Product Site; Sign of Good Things to Come? - HotHardware
Logitech Adds 'Linux Compatible' Option to Product Site; Sign of Good Things to Come?

Logitech Adds 'Linux Compatible' Option to Product Site; Sign of Good Things to Come?

As rich as the Linux OS is, one of its sticking-points is that a lot of companies don't properly support their products for it. Your Logitech mouse might work just fine under the OS, of course, but it wouldn't be the company to thank; rather, the support comes from the efforts of developers who share the same passion for the OS as you do. My ASUS Xonar audio card works brilliantly under Linux, but ASUS had nothing to do with it.

But are things going to be soon changing? With Steam finally being offered to Linux gamers, it seems now more than ever the OS is starting to get the respect that it's long deserved. While I never doubted that gaming under Linux would become bigger at some point, the introduction of Steam, to me, is going to prove pivotal to the platform.

So with gaming under Linux becoming more popular, will peripheral makers finally step up to the plate and begin crafting proper Linux companion software? Thanks to the eagle-eyed folks at RootGamer, there does seem to be a chance. If you hit up Logitech's mice product page, you'll notice a "Linux compatible" option to the left. At the current time, that avails a single result; the M185.

While a bit laughable to some degree, it is a good sign. One of the biggest wants I've heard from new users giving Linux a go is the lack of such software, and while Logitech still isn't offering any for this specific model, it could happen. If it does, it's going to be a rather major Linux event. If Logitech does it, others might as well.

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The difference here from Mac is, Linux is free. Once it takes off it will be hard to quell. Windows may very well continue it's dominance, but in a much lesser sense. I now use KDE, Arch Linux, and virtualize Windows for my games. The problem facing Microsoft is do they continue to develop and develop for Windows or just drop it? Sure it is a cash cow... for now. They can continue to sell legacy services, but they would do well to begin to develop something like Wine that is closed source and just sell it on Linux. Something that runs Windows apps, something they can sell that costs as much as Windows, or even more. I would gladly shell out $500 easily for a license for a perfect compatibility layer. To me this would be much better, as I would have the choice of desktop, choice of OSS apps and something that runs my needed Windows applications. They could very easily ramp up the anti-piracy methods too, and cut back on development costs.

This of course is speculation of whether MS would play nice... but we will see. They can just as easily continue to be anti-competitive and get banned in every country on the planet.

Oh you are being a sensationalist... yes but if something as simple as "linux compatible" is now being printed on consumer devices, what I see happening is more people are using Linux than statistics are showing.

Once Linux adoption starts, it will happen overnight. Faster than you can blink an eye. Never underestimate the power of free stuff.

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Great, I was use ;Logitech MX620,it is the best wireless mouse I used.

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