OpenArena looks like an awesome game, and I can't wait to give it a go.
I use a gamepad for pc games because I'm on a laptop with a trackpad. Of course I need some software to map the controller out to button clicks and mouse movements. On Windows, I use XPadder. After looking around and trying a couple, I found QJoyPad for Ubuntu. After configuring the controller, I can verify on the desktop that the thumbstick is configured correctly (i.e. it functions as a mouse would).
But when I start the game, no matter which direction I move the thumbstick, I can only look right and down. If I press up, it goes down. If I press down, it goes down. Left goes right and so does right.
Obviously, this makes it very hard to play OpenArena in a way that could be described as entertaining.
I've checked to make sure 'free look' is ticked in the menu settings. It is.
Edit: I am still experiencing this problem, and still hoping someone can help me find an answer.