[EDIT] Why do I need mouse acceleration to move windows and click buttons?

Dirk noisyb at gmx.net
Thu Feb 26 11:09:59 PST 2009

Corbin Simpson wrote:
> Dirk wrote:
>>>> The bottom sticker of my mouse says 2000 DPI... so I want to move the
>>>> pointer 2000 pixels when i move the mouse an inch... NO MATTER HOW FAST I
>>> These are device pixels, not screen pixels. I really hope you didn't
>>> need me to explain this.
>> Well... the thing I tried to explain is that I (and other people) don't 
>> want to /have/ to give a f***...
>> 1) I plug in 2000 dpi mouse
>> 2) I move mouse 1 inch horizontally and/or vertically
>> 3) pointer moves 2000 pixels horizontally and/or vertically
>> that really is all that one cares about when he wants to use Linux for 
>> gaming. PRECISION! Not useless Desktop features that interfere and make 
>> one seriously freak out during an important match.
>> You could completely remove mouse acceleration from the codebase and 
>> increase the quality of Linux as a gaming system.
>> People who believe they need an accelerated pointer to click buttons or 
>> move windows are not bright enough to realize the absence of 
>> acceleration anyways.
>> I know Windows has mouse acceleration too... but just because they call 
>> it a feature it shouldn't be part of a Linux Desktop and enable itself, 
>> randomly, over and over again.
>> Right now I run a script that calls xset 30 times a minute with sleeps 
>> as a cronjob to make sure it stays disabled.
>> Before, I even sent my mouse back to the manufacturer because I thought 
>> it was broken before I realized it was a problem with Linux so I guess I 
>> /am/ a little annoyed.
>> Not as much as i (e.g.) was before i uninstalled HAL to get control over 
>> my Linux back. But still...
>> I'll check out 
>> http://www.x.org/wiki/Development/Documentation/PointerAcceleration
>> Thanks.
> You wrote up this entire flame before reading the manual?
> http://xkcd.com/293 comes to mind.
> Additionally, acceleration's presence can always be made negligible by
> changing the rate of acceleration. (Ah, the joys of calculus.) It's
> definitely an enhancement, not a feature.
> ~ C.
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Well I had read the xset manual but it kept re-enabling itself.

I didn't know I had to read /many/ manuals to permanently disable mouse 
acceleration in Linux... but then again I thought the nineties were over...

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