[hllug] Ubuntu 11.10, USB devices, and brltty

I noticed this on one of my amateur radio reflectors.  Perhaps this
might help someone.

cln
Meanest man on Emeralds Drive



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        Ubuntu 11.10, USB devices, and brltty 
        Posted by: "Harry Bloomberg" hbloomb@******.com 
        Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:07 pm (PDT) 
        
        
        I recently upgraded one of my Dell Linux netbooks from Ubuntu
        11.04 to
        11.10. Much to my dismay I was not able to control my Icom
        IC-7200 using
        the USB port.
        
        After many emails to W1HKJ in which I made false accusations
        about a bug in
        Fldigi, I did some further research and found the following
        confirmed Ubuntu
        bug:
        
        https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/brltty/+bug/874181
        
        As near as I can tell from reading this bug, a Braille utility
        named brltty
        is grabbing the USB port and not allowing other applications to
        use the
        port. The proposed solution is to remove brltty. I did this and
        I can now
        control my IC-7200 again via USB.
        
        I suspect others having problems with USB control will have the
        same issue.
        So if you can't use your USB and you see a message in your
        kernel log about
        brltty attaching to your USB port, try removing brltty (unless
        of course
        you're blind and are actually using brltty).
        
        I think the default Ubuntu configuration should be to not run
        brltty. I'm
        all for accessibility in computing, but to quote Mr Spock, "The
        needs of
        the many outweigh the needs of the few."
        
        73,
        Harry Bloomberg W3YJ
        


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