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OpenRazer 2.9.0 is out, adding plenty of new Razer device support on Linux

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Enjoy your fancy Razer hardware on Linux? You should probably check out OpenRazer, which is a nice big collection of drivers for Linux. A project that's been going for a long time now, with no sign of it stopping and it just keeps on improving.

Another example of the open source community bridging the official support gap for users. Just recently OpenRazer 2.9.0 was released, adding in support for plenty of additional devices including these:

  • Razer Atheris
  • Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed
  • Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2020)
  • Razer Blade 15 Base (Early 2020)
  • Razer Blade Stealth (Early 2020)
  • Razer Cynosa Lite
  • Razer Cynosa V2
  • Razer DeathAdder 2000
  • Razer Kraken Kitty Edition
  • Razer Kraken Ultimate
  • Razer Viper Mini

Pictured - the Polychromatic UI you can use with OpenRazer.

There's also several overall improvements that came with this latest release of OpenRazer including read support for idle_time and low_battery_threshold, it's now possible to configure the battery notification frequency, razercore & razermousemat drivers were combined into the razeraccessory driver, Razer Viper & Viper Ultimate devices have been cleaned up and support more effects now, screensaver monitor now supports Xfce and the fake driver support has been improved. Additionally a few bug fixes also made it in.

I've personally been using it for some time, along with the Polychromatic UI pictured above which works without any issues with my own DeathAdder Chroma.

You can find out more about it on GitHub and their website.

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Xpander 1 Dec, 2020
Quoting: 14I have the Roccat Nyth which I can configure how I like in Linux. And I love that I can save the profile to the mouse itself and then use it with my laptop and desktop. The quality feels just a smidgen beneath Logitech, however there is no other mouse that I can configure just how I like it (side buttons and mouse width)!

I also have an ambidextrous Roccat mouse I use at work (left hand at work and right hand at home). That one is OK for at work but I wouldn't use it as my home mouse. It is the Kiro.

I would buy Roccat again for the Linux usability but I'd be tempted if a competitor supported Linux better.

Sorry for super late reply. I myself used Roccat so far also.. KoneXTDs, Kova's etc.. still have Roccat Keyboard.
Roccat tools was the best, loads of config options. But the sad thing is that its not in development anymore. Almost non of the newer roccat hardware is supported. Ofc its opensource and maybe its not too hard to add new device your own, but it kinda sucks.


I went ahead and bought Razer Basilisk v2 this time around. i love the mouse. the hypershift (roccat easyshift) button is so comfortable on my thumb also. The problem was that my mouse isnt even supported by openrazer. There was a Pullrequest that was broken for it, i managed to patch it and made it work. I can change the LEDs, DPI, Polling rate and stuff, but its missing all the Keybind options. Turns out the keybindings arent implemented into openrazer yet...theres some work done for keyboards on a pullrequest but mouse support is completely missing. That really sucks :(

So i guess we have to wait until it improves a bit more.
Mountain Man 5 Dec, 2020
Unless Razer quality has dramatically increased in recent years, I won't touch their products ever again. About seven years ago, I bought a Razer Black Widow keyboard and a Razer Onza gamepad, and both developed significant faults within a year -- LEDs started to burn out on the Black Widow, and both joysticks on the Onza developed significant drift that could not be corrected with calibration. If the second-rate quality of their hardware wasn't enough, the fact that they started requiring drivers with online connectivity to unlock the full capabilities of their products has kept me away for good.

Now I have a WASD mechanical keyboard with custom keycaps and a Zowie EC1-A mouse, and I couldn't be happier.
slaapliedje 5 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: Mountain ManUnless Razer quality has dramatically increased in recent years, I won't touch their products ever again. About seven years ago, I bought a Razer Black Widow keyboard and a Razer Onza gamepad, and both developed significant faults within a year -- LEDs started to burn out on the Black Widow, and both joysticks on the Onza developed significant drift that could not be corrected with calibration. If the second-rate quality of their hardware wasn't enough, the fact that they started requiring drivers with online connectivity to unlock the full capabilities of their products has kept me away for good.

Now I have a WASD mechanical keyboard with custom keycaps and a Zowie EC1-A mouse, and I couldn't be happier.
Ha, this is the same reason I have stayed away from Radeons for so long.
I always like hearing about other keyboard snobs.
I bought recently a blue Cherry MX keyboard that a friend of mine said was obnoxious. I told him I bought it because I can barely hear it through the noise canceling headphones I end up wearing all day for work. :p
Mountain Man 6 Dec, 2020
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Mountain ManUnless Razer quality has dramatically increased in recent years, I won't touch their products ever again. About seven years ago, I bought a Razer Black Widow keyboard and a Razer Onza gamepad, and both developed significant faults within a year -- LEDs started to burn out on the Black Widow, and both joysticks on the Onza developed significant drift that could not be corrected with calibration. If the second-rate quality of their hardware wasn't enough, the fact that they started requiring drivers with online connectivity to unlock the full capabilities of their products has kept me away for good.

Now I have a WASD mechanical keyboard with custom keycaps and a Zowie EC1-A mouse, and I couldn't be happier.
Ha, this is the same reason I have stayed away from Radeons for so long.
I always like hearing about other keyboard snobs.
I bought recently a blue Cherry MX keyboard that a friend of mine said was obnoxious. I told him I bought it because I can barely hear it through the noise canceling headphones I end up wearing all day for work. :p

I'm a Cherry Brown aficionado myself.
slaapliedje 6 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: Mountain Man
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Mountain ManUnless Razer quality has dramatically increased in recent years, I won't touch their products ever again. About seven years ago, I bought a Razer Black Widow keyboard and a Razer Onza gamepad, and both developed significant faults within a year -- LEDs started to burn out on the Black Widow, and both joysticks on the Onza developed significant drift that could not be corrected with calibration. If the second-rate quality of their hardware wasn't enough, the fact that they started requiring drivers with online connectivity to unlock the full capabilities of their products has kept me away for good.

Now I have a WASD mechanical keyboard with custom keycaps and a Zowie EC1-A mouse, and I couldn't be happier.
Ha, this is the same reason I have stayed away from Radeons for so long.
I always like hearing about other keyboard snobs.
I bought recently a blue Cherry MX keyboard that a friend of mine said was obnoxious. I told him I bought it because I can barely hear it through the noise canceling headphones I end up wearing all day for work. :p

I'm a Cherry Brown aficionado myself.
Yeah, I have 3 other keyboards that are browns and I prefer them. I literally got the blue so I could hear it just enough through the NC headphones. They drown out the HVAC and laptop fans, but I can hear the Blues!
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