Question on using a Joystick as a mouse in Fedora please?

Robin Laing Robin.Laing at
Mon Sep 21 20:57:53 UTC 2009

Fernando Cassia wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 11:45 AM, Rick Sewill <rsewill at> wrote:
>> I have a question on using a Joystick as a mouse in Fedora.
>> I wish to avoid getting carpal tunnel syndrome.
>> I noticed, when I use regular mice, I have poor hand position.
>> So far, my wrist is okay...but it gets red if I'm not careful.
> What you need is a TRACKBALL. A good, old-fashioned Trackball.
> I use one... the Kensington Expert Mouse 5.0 (don´t let words fool
> you, it´s a TRACKBALL).
> It uses a PS2 connection so no special drivers are needed. Find one on eBay...
> Your wrist moves very little -if at all- and you can move the ball
> with the tip of your fingers...
> FC

I know that I am late in this conversation but I have used this for 
years.  I second the idea of a real track ball.

I have one at work and one at home.  It uses the fingers or palm of your 
hand.  I have mine set to use three buttons but it can be programmed to 
use other features.  The ring around the ball is the scroll wheel which 
is great.

I have enough control to edit photo's or do drafting drawings.

It comes with a wrist pad.

The only issue is, if I get lazy, I will put my wrist in an odd angle.

I have had to change the micro switches on the one at home.  It gets 
used quite a lot by the whole family.

I know someone that had issues with CTS and went for the thumb ball and 
ended up in worse shape.
Robin Laing

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