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papul1993 01-05-2011 12:13 PM

Do the new Logitech wireless mice and keyboards work under linux?
 
Do the mice and keyboards supporting this new Logitech technology work under linux just like they would work under windows os? http://www.logitech.com/en-in/349/6072?WT.ac=ps|6277

EDDY1 01-05-2011 12:24 PM

I have the mk300 Combo and it works on my Debian Squeeze and Ubuntu machines, I would assume most do. And I didn't have to load drivers. Gear Head cCombo works also

xandercage17 01-05-2011 12:40 PM

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Ryptyde 01-05-2011 08:14 PM

I have the Logitech Wireless Combo MK320 running through a usb KVM switch
and working with Fedora 13 and Fedora 14.

phil

John VV 01-05-2011 10:16 PM

my mx 3000 keyboard and 7 button mouse
worked "out of the box" on fedora 4 to 11
CentOS 5.3 to 5.5 ( 32 and 64 bit)
Arch 32 bit and OPenSUSE 11.3 64 bit

now the "windows" button dose NOT bring up the MS start menu ... but then this is not a MS OS

the "MY Documents " button dose not open up the MS My Documents folder
and in suse the "calculator" button dose not open up gcalctool ( it did on fedora and dose in CentOS )
and the "volume" wheel on it dose not work on suse 11.3 64 bit ( it dose on centOS )

but if i did RELAY want these buttons i could always remap them - just not on the list of things to do -- yet .

papul1993 01-06-2011 02:33 AM

What I meant was that the new keyboards and mouse of Logitech uses a unifying receiver. That means you can connect many keyboards and mouse using a single bluetooth receiver. So does that work under linux as I guess one needs unifying software on windows for that to work.

EDDY1 01-06-2011 02:36 AM

Mine came as combo so when I conected both were automatically installed.

papul1993 01-06-2011 02:40 AM

This new technology works for devices that don't come as combo.

xandercage17 01-06-2011 11:01 AM

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TobiSGD 01-06-2011 11:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by papul1993 (Post 4214862)
What I meant was that the new keyboards and mouse of Logitech uses a unifying receiver. That means you can connect many keyboards and mouse using a single bluetooth receiver. So does that work under linux as I guess one needs unifying software on windows for that to work.

If you would need a driver for that to work, you would never be able to go to BIOS, use a bootloader (no, the Windows bootloader also) or thw Windows recovery console from their install disc.
So I would simply assume that the basic functionality, using it as mouse and keyboard, will function correctly, regardless of your OS. It may be, that some of the special keys will not work.

imitheos 01-07-2011 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TobiSGD (Post 4215353)
If you would need a driver for that to work, you would never be able to go to BIOS, use a bootloader (no, the Windows bootloader also) or thw Windows recovery console from their install disc.
So I would simply assume that the basic functionality, using it as mouse and keyboard, will function correctly, regardless of your OS. It may be, that some of the special keys will not work.

Supposedly, all the compatible devices can work with just one receiver. The website mentions
that if you have only one device it pairs with the receiver automatically and you don't
need any driver just as you said. But if you have many devices (for example one keyboard
and one mouse) then you need to load a driver in Windows.
Quote:

To connect a new device, you simply open the connection software, click “Pair new device”,
and turn the device off and on.
So, according to the website, in Linux it would only work if there is only one device.
Quite possibly the "windows connection software" equivalent is a small libusb program
like revoco/lomoco that instructs the receiver to enter a "pairing" mode.

P.S I use a Logitech MX1100R and haven't used the new unifying receiver so i may be way wrong.

xandercage17 01-08-2011 10:36 AM

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imitheos 01-08-2011 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xandercage17 (Post 4217413)
I had MX 5000 keyboard-and-mouse + One Receiver and it worked fine, no need of any drivers, because the receiver installs automatically those devices, although there were bit problem with keys combinations and macros. But the keyboard and mouse worked good

All keyboard+mouse sets work with one receiver without any need of drivers.
This occurs because that receiver is manufactured to work with those two devices.
For example the MX5000 receiver that you have cannot work with another logitech keyboard.
The "unifying receiver" can pair with any compatible device, so the situation is different.

xandercage17 01-09-2011 03:59 PM

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Kirsten 04-02-2013 11:10 AM

I think I understand what's been said on this thread, when I combine it with what I've read from Logitech, but I'm not sure, and I would like to understand. Apparently, Logitech sells wireless devices in combination, and each of those devices is designed to route through a single wireless dongle. That is, each Logitech device that is sold singly is designed to operate through its own particular wireless dongle. Logitech has "unifying" software that enables all Logitech devices to work through a single dongle, but that software is available only for Windows and Mac systems, so Linux users with multiple Logitech wireless devices must use as many dongles as devices.

I am one of those people, and I have three USB slots filled all the time with these dongles, which is sometimes irksome. My guess is that Logitech's software is proprietary, and that therefore it's not feasible for a Linux user to write unifying software for Linux.

Is that right?

Thanks.


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