Polychromatic, an unofficial desktop app that lets Razer mouse and keyboard users configure their devices on Linux, has received an update.
Polychromatic v0.3.8 introduces a ‘completely overhauled‘ tray applet that is simpler to navigate and more useful at giving you at-a-glance information about your configured devices.
The menu now only lists options relevant to each device, lets check on status of effects, brightness, etc; and see a list of saved colours as a colour menu (not just text). You can also adjust the DPI on-the-fly.
The Razer DeathAdder and Abysuss are among devices supported by the app since our last mention of it.
The main Polychromatic app window now only shows macros, game modes and profiles when/if a device supports them, and it makes changing icons easier in the application’s preferences.
As we’ve mentioned before, you’ll need the ‘terrycain drivers installed to get the most out of Polychromatic on Ubuntu.
Install Linux Razer Drivers on Ubuntu
Install Razer Linux drivers on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and above you should add the following PPA to your Software Sources, update and then install the drivers, kernel modules and related fuzz.
The quickest way to do this is, yup, by using the Terminal and these two commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openrazer/stable
sudo apt update && sudo apt install openrazer-meta
Once downloaded and installed correctly reboot your machine to make sure that all the new modules load up correctly, as intended, and Polychromatic (which you’ll install next) works from the get-go.
Install Polychromatic on Ubuntu from PPA
Polychromatic is the desktop app you use to configure your Razer devices with on Ubuntu.
To install the latest release of Polychromatic on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or Ubuntu 16.10 just run these two commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:polychromatic/stable
sudo apt update && sudo apt install polychromatic
Once everything listed above has installed correctly you can go ahead and launch the app from the Unity Dash and being setting up your own custom config for your devices.
How well does it work? You tell me…
As I don’t own a Razer device I can’t tell you how well these new features work (or take a screenshot of ’em). That said, I know many of you reading this do own Razer devices, so if you install this update do feel free share your experiences in the comments section below.