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LinuxCon: Vampire mice and zombie hard drives -- USB dangers lurk in Linux

Sep 20, 2013, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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Linux kernel developer Sarah Sharp is searching for a solution to the problem posed by vampire mice, she said in a presentation at LinuxCon North America Wednesday afternoon. It???s a long-standing problem with USB power management in Linux environments. A lack of device driver support for Linux means that the power-saving features used in many USB devices ??? your mouse???s ability to essentially turn itself off if you haven???t moved it lately, for instance ??? are rendered ineffective or even made potentially damaging in some cases.

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