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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_MOUSE:

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This is for machines with a mouse which is neither a serial nor a bus mouse. Examples are PS/2 mice (such as the track balls on some laptops) and some digitizer pads. Most people have a regular serial MouseSystem or Microsoft mouse (made by Logitech) that plugs into a COM port (rectangular with 9 or 25 pins). These people say N here. If you have something else, read the Busmouse-HOWTO, available from This HOWTO contains information about all non-serial mice, not just bus mice.

If you have a laptop, you either have to check the documentation or experiment a bit to find out whether the trackball is a serial mouse or not; it's best to say Y here for you.

Note that the answer to this question won't directly affect the kernel: saying N will just cause the configurator to skip all the questions about non-serial mice. If unsure, say Y.



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