Logitech Unifying Receiver on Ubuntu Linux

An hour ago, I bought a brand new wireless mouse namelly Logitech m235 (grey solid color). It is only 165.000 IDR (or ~15 USD) in some random local market. Previously, I had used two different kind of wireless mouse in different time: Logitech M185 which I bought around mid-2012 and broke its right click button (otherwise, it still works) and some random chinese brand wireless mouse + keyboard combo which I bought last month and suddenly broke its receiver. Wew.

After unboxing Logitech m235 + Unifying Receiver

This mouse has a Logitech Unifying Receiver technology (With orange star logo on its receiver). So in case if I lost my receiver, I can buy it again as cheap as $7 and pair it with my previous mouse by myself. It also has one-to-many capability so it can be used for another unifying-enabled Logitech wireless keyboard/mice without using another receiver.

Unfortunately, Logitech Unifying Software isn’t available for Linux. But don’t worry, there is a third-party software called solaar which provided same capability. For Ubuntu user, you can add this PPA and installing it by doing this command :

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:daniel.pavel/solaar
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install solaar
Manage unifying device with Solaar in Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS

Upon installing, Solaar can be opened from Ubuntu menu. It will put a new icon on your right-corner tray, resembling an icon of battery level (which actually indicating your device’s battery level).

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