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Fedora 14 Released

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Fedora 14 was released yesterday. You can find the release notes here. It seems that is mainly an incremental release, with few ground braking news. Most interesting is maybe the inclusion of a selection of the MeeGo applications; see section 2.1.4. Also, it seems GCC might include support for the AVR ATmega*U2 chips. Not sure what this will mean for Arudino development.

Gottchas include a change in the middle-button click behaviour. It will no longer be emulated by left+right click. See section 3.5.2. Here is what they say will fix that:

Middle mouse button emulation can be enabled by the addition of a xorg.conf snippet:

        Section "InputClass"
	  Identifier "middle button emulation class"
	  MatchIsPointer "on"
	  Option "Emulate3Buttons" "on"

More importantly, you can download your copy here. The various spins are worth having a look at. These are special variations on the distribution, focused on particular users, like education, research, entertainment, and so on. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from installing the same application regardless of which “spin” you start with.

Finally, to save some bandwidth, trees, and all that, look at the torrent files. They were a bit more hidden this time. However, they’re all still listed on

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More Marble Mouse buttons

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After the reinstall, my Logitech Marble Mouse (which is a trackball), has gotten new keymappings.

Using xev, I get the following default mappings (btw. it has “only” nine buttons, as opposed to 11 at work).
1 – Left Big (LB)
2 – Left Big + Right Big (M) at the same time
3- Right Big (RB)
4 – Not used
5 – Not used
6 – Not used
7 – Not used
8 – Left Small (LS)
9 – Right Small (RS)

Now, what I want, is to have paste on LS, so I do:
xmodmap -e “pointer = 1 8 3 4 5 6 7 2 9″

Again, the mapping can be seen with xmodmap -pp

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Logitech Marbel Mouse Key Mappings

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The following command in the terminal will map the left, small button to middle button, making it the “paste”-button.

xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 4 3 6 7 2 5 8 9 10 11"

You can see the result by typing

xmodmap -pp

There are 11 pointer buttons defined.

Physical        Button
Button          Code
1              1
2              2
3              3
4              4
5              5
6              6
7              7
8              8
9              9
10             10
11             11

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