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

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Installing a Joystick

A joystick is a handy pointing device, especially when playing arcade-style games or using flight simulators, such as the fly8 simulator (shown in Figure 10.1).

Figure 10.1. Using a joystick in the X Window System under Linux makes using the fly8 flight simulator and other games easier.

To use a joystick with Linux, your computer must support the joystick hardware, usually through a joystick port on the back of the main box. You also need to have software support available as a loadable kernel module. You can check to see if your particular model of joystick is supported by going to either of the following URLs:

http://www.atrey.karlin.mff.cuni.cz/~vojtech/joystick/ ...

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