Tim Smith wrote:
In article <h7ge22$qls$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Marti van Lin <ml2mst@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
This is funny. My brother GL1MST yesterday gave me a Logitech Cordless
Desktop Precision set. A cordless multimedia keyboard and optical mouse.
It included a driver CD containing Windows and MacOS X drivers only.
I shut down Pleunix (my good old Dell Optiplex GX240, running Fedora 10
(Cambridge)) and expected failures.
No Linux drivers, so this should go wrong.
Indeed there was something wrong, I was!
Both the Keyboard and optical mouse worked right out of the box, without
installing any "driver software".
Generally, you can ignore the "driver software" on Windows and Mac, too.
Typically, it just provides support for non-standard functions. For
example, for wireless keyboards and mice, it might provide a battery
status display in the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac). For
devices aimed at gamers, the software might provide macro facilities, or
support for extra shift states.
Yes, sometimes the drivers support non-standard functions but 99% of
the time the idea is to get you put that install disc in so they can try
to slip extra software onto you computer.
Registered Linux user #461062