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I've been browsing dozens of mice today--Microsoft, Logitech, Razer, Steelseries, etc. I'm looking for an idiot-proof Linux/Ubuntu/Fedora mouse that has extra buttons:

  1. left mouse click, right mouse click, scroll wheel, scroll wheel (standard stuff)
  2. side buttons for thumb forward & back (usually on mice today)
  3. two additional buttons that I can map to copy and paste

So essentially, a standard mouse, plus 2 or 3 additional buttons. I'd like to program them for custom commands such as ctrl+c and ctrl+v, to help with code editing.

Al the mice like this seem to have issues in Linux. I'd love to simply find one that is easy to setup. Any advice?

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closed as off topic by Radu Rădeanu, Thomas Ward, Eric Carvalho, fossfreedom Jun 16 '13 at 9:42

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When programming, you want to use the keyboard at all times. Not constantly moving your hand between keyboard and mouse when copy pasting. So i think your idea less efficient then you imagine. – tomodachi Jun 15 '13 at 10:02
I understand your feelings here. Most people would agree with you. I do use vim/nano of course, but lately I use web editors like Cloud9 and Codenvy, and having a mouse is key. – gavin Jun 15 '13 at 20:44

Do you look for a trackball ?

Here is something of Logitech which works with Ubuntu.

Is this what you look for ?

Logitech announced weeks ago, that they support Linux.

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Interesting. So, easystroke allows me to use quick mouse movements into shortcuts, instead of needing extra buttons. I hadn't thought of that idea. I need to think about that, it could be all that I need. Thanks. – gavin Jun 15 '13 at 20:50

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