It’s 2021 and someone’s written a new Windows 3.x mouse driver. Why now?


Two thousand and twenty-one might not seem the obvious year – or century – to give the world a new mouse driver for Windows 3.1, but a developer named Calvin Buckley has written one nonetheless. His motivation apparently is to ensure rapid and reliable rodent operations when Microsoft’s venerable OS runs as a virtual machine.

Buckley’s day job is developing software for IBM’s i platform. A bio states he once ported the .NET framework Mono to help IBM i developers run .NET programs on i.


Buckley also codes as GitHub’s NattyNarwhal, and in that capacity seems to have spent the Thanksgiving holiday posting a project titled “vmwmouse” that offers a VMware mouse driver for Windows 3.x.

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