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Practical Linux by Bill Ball, John Ray, Michael Turner, M. Drew Streib

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Adding a Mouse

Mouse support for Linux is fairly extensive. A wide variety of devices is supported. Although you can use a keyboard to control your mouse pointer when using the X Window System, a mouse or other hardware device to control the pointer is indispensable. You'll use your mouse to pull down menus, click buttons in dialog boxes, and copy and paste text between programs.

When you install Linux, you will be probably be guided through a brief program that configures your mouse. The installation program actually checks to see whether you have any pointer devices plugged in and tries to detect their types for you. If it does not find anything, you will be given a list of mouse devices to select from. Generally, the generic 3-Button Mouse ...

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