October 20, 2020

Out Here In The Fields

…of musings and ramblings

Apple Magic Mouse on Lucid Lynx

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As we know,  Maverick Meerkat provides native support to the Apple (not so) Magic Mouse. Great 🙂

But I still use Lucid Lynx, mainly because it’s an LTS version, and.. well the name Lucid Lynx is way cooler than a meerkat, even if it’s a Maverick one 😛

Anyway, with a little bit of effort, the magic mouse can be used on Lucid install, here’s what you have to do:

1. Prepare your Lucid install for compiling the driver. You’ll need at least linux-headers-generic and cdbs, so type this on the terminal:

surfer@m5-m3:~$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic cdbs

2. Download the backported driver maintained by Scott Ferguson. Untar, and then make the deb:

surfer@m5-m3:~$ tar -zxvf scottferg-multitouch-eccb5a2.tar.gz
surfer@m5-m3:~$ cd scottferg-multitouch-eccb5a2/
surfer@m5-m3:~$ sudo dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -b

3. A .deb file should now available. Install the driver, reboot

surfer@m5-m3:~$ cd ..
surfer@m5-m3:~$ sudo dpkg -i multitouch-kernel-source_1.5_all.deb

4. Pair the Magic Mouse to your Lucid box.I prefer blueman, but in this case the stock bluetooth manager gave me a better result.

  • Go to System > Preferences > Bluetooth, Press “Set up new device”
  • On the Device search window, select “Apple magic mouse” and press forward

    Select the Apple Magic Mouse and press forward
  • A window will pop, asking for PIN, which is 000. Press OK

    enter 000 for PIN
  • Aaand you’re done. The next time you boot your lucid box, to connect to your mouse, just click on the bluetooth icon, find the Apple magic mouse under the devices section, and select “Connect”

    select connect. With what?
  • Well, yes, it’s obvious that you’ll need another mouse to connect the Magic mouse to your box 😀 Stupid? Well, maybe. As for me, I think I’ll wait for Microsoft’s Touch mobile

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