Re: [mu TECH] Trackball mouse?

From: Michele Andreoli (
Date: Sat Sep 11 1999 - 01:10:34 CEST

On Fri, Sep 10, 1999 at 01:18:14PM -0600, Daniel Brooks wrote:
> Greetings
> Does anyone know what /dev/??? to use for the trackball on my laptop?

Sorry, I know only serial and bus mouse, and touch pad. I do not know
what kind of driver needed and suggest you to load either "serial", either
"ps/2" driver. Next, with trial & error, you can move your device,
checking the file /proc/interrupts

                        # cat /proc/interrupts

waiting for some change in numbers.

Finally, the better method: if nobody answer from the ML, you can ask
on a Linux-dedicated newsgroup. I'm sure, someone use trackball in Linux

> I don't want to take Michele
> away from the great work he is doing and I know this was not the original
> intentions behind muLinux but it works so well that it would be nice to be
> able to expand a little. Maybe the package tools could be included on
> the EXT addon disk and the packages could be available as seperate
> downloads. Just something to think about.

muLinux born as a single floppy with hacking personality: it was my
living block-notes, a collection of tips an tricks about scripting, boot
process and boot loader experiments, embedded and unusual systems
application, and so on.

His structure reflect this original intention.

muLinux is'nt a simple sub-set of binaries taken
from a bigger Linux distribution. A work of this kind (the sub-set)
is really simpler compared to miniaturization efforts done in muLinux.
The drawback is libc, the C library used in mulinux, old and buggy.

We cannot be able to put in muLinux a package installer because we
cannot install anything from Internet. A package installer for Slackware
(and Debian) is not so difficult to realize, but the main question is
still unresolved: we cannot find on Internet binaries linked with, but only

To keep update a true distro, with a complete set of packages,
is a complex task, and requires an equipe of volontaires,
and less rustic but more professional work.


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