I have no idea! I don't know what the situation has been up to now, I guess the OSX version has been compiled on a machine with those drivers for the last few years at least, since if I understand correctly that is the only way to support these devices.
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Then I guess we should add libspnav to conda-forge. Shouldn't be too much trouble for linux/osx. Not sure about windows.
Really, until now I didn't know about it at all.
For FreeCAD at least the library isn't needed for Win. FreeCAD's support uses Windows native events.