On my Mandrake 8.2 Linux I manually had to fix some stuff to get it working:
$ su - # rmmod hid # modprobe joydev # modprobe hid
I found that information at http://o-info.imsb.au.dk/pipermail/o-info/2003-January/006471.html
T: Bus=01 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=00 Cnt=01 Dev#= 5 Spd=1.5 MxCh= 0 D: Ver= 1.00 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS= 8 #Cfgs= 1 P: Vendor=046d ProdID=c20a Rev= 1.07 S: Manufacturer=Logitech Inc. S: Product=WingMan RumblePad C:* #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=80 MxPwr=500mA I: If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 2 Cls=03(HID ) Sub=00 Prot=00 Driver=hid E: Ad=81(I) Atr=03(Int.) MxPS= 8 Ivl= 10ms E: Ad=01(O) Atr=03(Int.) MxPS= 8 Ivl= 10ms
input1: USB HID v1.10 Joystick [Logitech Inc. WingMan RumblePad] on usb1:5.0
I downloaded code some test code by Paul Coates which is excellent. To suit my needs I had to change it and you can get the source and binary here.