Linux support?

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tecimovic
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Linux support?

Post by tecimovic » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:10 am

Before I dish out $300:
Can someone explain to me whether the smartNav acts just like a completely normal USB mouse to the PC? So it would run on Linux?
Or does it require some funky drivers? If so, do they exist for Linux?

All I have is Linux boxes, so I'm looking for some ergonomic solution which natively works for Linux. I would really like to find something that looks just like a USB mouse to Linux, but I'm sure there's some calibration software, etc, so I want to make sure this device works under Linux.

Cheers,
T

kevin
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Re: Linux support?

Post by kevin » Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:57 am

The SmartNAV does not act just like a normal USB (HID) mouse. It requires special drivers which are not yet available for Linux.

Thank you for your interest in the SmartNAV.

Best,
Kevin

blgrz
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Re: Linux support?

Post by blgrz » Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:55 am

Hi,

I am willing to pitch in, and help a bit with the Linux port. For free and for fun. I am very much interested in using this product on Linux.

Would you accept that ?

:-)

spellbin
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Location: British Columbia, Canada

Re: Linux support?

Post by spellbin » Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:57 am

Hello. As a computer science student I am constantly using the linux operating system. I am looking to purchase a smartNAV system this coming semester due to continuing dehabiliting tendonitis.

The linux platform is my primary OS and support for smartNAV is critical for my future.

Can I look for linux drivers at any time in the future?

Can I help and lend some of my experience to develop linux drivers?

Thank you.

VincentG
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Re: Linux support?

Post by VincentG » Mon Aug 21, 2006 4:12 am

The NaturalPoint hardware has been tested and it is possible that complete
drivers and software could be written for Linux. However, we currently do
not have any publicly available supported drivers for it. We are very
interested in providing support in Linux, though are unsure
of the market and its ability to provide a return on the investment that we,
or a developer would make.

If you are aware of any potential funding resources, willing developers, or
market information we would be very happy to explore them. As far as market
information we are looking for specific numbers for what the assistive
technology / alternative input device market is for Linux and number of
users with special needs on Linux, and overall demand for such devices on
Linux.

Until we have a better idea of what the level of demand is or have a
developer who steps up and is willing to take the project on, there will not
be publicly available supported drivers for the SmartNAV or TrackIR.

Again if you know of any resources or people we should talk to please let us
know.

nebokazer
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Location: italy

Re: Linux support?

Post by nebokazer » Tue Aug 29, 2006 2:30 am

did you have a look at

http://www.thewretched.org/trackir.html

you could try to contact the author:

tmilker@thewretched.org

or, most simple, just release the interface documentation; no investment at all, if anybody cares to develop it's free for anybody, if nobody does no effort is waste

why not?

[ August 29, 2006, 09:31 AM: Message edited by: nebok ]

kevin
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Re: Linux support?

Post by kevin » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:57 am

We have worked with a number of developers interested in developing Linux drivers. While you can find unsupported drivers for gen 1 & 2 devices there is no support for later devices.

We have sensitive information in our interface documentation that we are not interested in releasing publicly. Any developer interested in making drivers would need to follow some specific guidelines we have established for developing the drivers. We have not found such a developer yet, though are always looking.

Thanks for the post and please check back periodically.

Best,
Kevin

mips
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Re: Linux support?

Post by mips » Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:15 am

A workaround for the missing Linux drivers may be to use a Windows PC (or Mac) as a terminal, and use something like VNC (free at http://www.realvnc.com/) to access the Linux desktop remotely.

wpvanpaassen
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Re: Linux support?

Post by wpvanpaassen » Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:59 am

Hi,

I'm very interested in the smartnav and would already have bought one (plus one for work), if it had had drivers for linux.

Remember that by providing these drivers/documentation, every linux distribution will work with the smartnav out of the box. This could really lead to some new and interesting uses/applications.

I think providing linux drivers could be a big opportunity. Especially now, over here in Europe, (local) governments are gradually switching to open source software and linux.

http://europa.eu.int/idabc/en/document/3223
and
http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/jsps/index.js ... Text=linux


Just my two cents,

Kind regards,

WP van Paassen

VincentG
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Re: Linux support?

Post by VincentG » Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:25 am

We have worked with a number of developers interested in developing Linux drivers. While you can find unsupported drivers for gen 1 & 2 devices there is no support for later devices.

We have sensitive information in our interface documentation that we are not interested in releasing publicly. Any developer interested in making drivers would need to follow some specific guidelines we have established for developing the drivers. We have not found such a developer yet, though are always looking.

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