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[–] tribblepuncher [S] 0 points 31 points (+31|-0) ago 

This depends on a lot of variables. Some hardware just plain sucks to use Linux on. Ironically it tends to do better when you're using slightly older stuff - often the most cutting-edge hardware won't have drivers updated for it yet. It also depends on the distro. For example, pure OSS advocates shun any proprietary drivers, but many distros include it anyway, and while the former is philosophically pure, the latter is more likely to support the hardware.

I have heard many stories of people who installed it for their mother/grandmother/other-technologically-disinterested relative and it worked fine. I believe them, but not every story is going to turn out that way.

All that said, I'd like to know precisely when you tried it. While driver problems are part of the nature of the beast, I have not heard of a mouse that was incompatible with Linux in decades.

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[–] throughtheblack 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I think it tends to be the fancier gaming mouses that don't conform to standards that have this problem.

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[–] feistylemur 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago  (edited ago)

New and cutting edge hardware pretty much sucks to use. Get hardware that's one or two generations old and you're fine. Example, Loading Linux systems based on the z97 chipset right now and it's going great. Last time I loaded Linux on a brand new board I had to put a pci NIC in it because there was no driver in existence yet for the onboard.

And after that I never made that mistake again.

It's great for business machines, which is what I use it for. I use a windows machine at home though because I game and have a lot of peripherals.

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[–] Tisias 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

So, do your homework. Find out what hardware works with Linux. Next time you buy a computer, buy a Linux friendly machine and get your OS for FREE.