As Phoronix has been doing for a while now, we have been lobbying to hopefully have Razer Inc release the specifications to their mice, open-source their drivers, or create viable Linux drivers -- or practically anything to support the Linux community. While we have been tempted to start a community-driven project for this *NIX Razer support in GPL fashion, it seems that a SourceForge project has spawned that attempts to do just that. This project is dubbed RazerTool. Its initial release appears to have just occurred two days ago, and at this time it is only known to work with the Razer Copperhead with both a command-line interface and GTK client. Some of the features include the ability to switch profiles, alter DPI/Hz/buttons, and upgrade firmware -- among other things. In our shot with RazerTool v0.0.6 and GNU/Linux, the software had failed to communicate with the Copperhead device. Phoronix has been discussing with the leader behind lomoco (Logitech Mouse Control) project at Linux-Gamers, and support for the Razer mice may be integrated with lomoco v2.0. Still no word yet on the official outlook for Linux from Razer.
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