I have tried Ubuntu 13.04 and Linux Mint 15 and both DO NOT HAVE optinos for setting mouse scroll wheel sensitivity.

They had only mouse acceleration and sensitivity, but the scroll wheel speed you cannot set in these distributions.

It's frustrating, to not be able to set this thing.

Is this only a problem of Gnome distros or KDE and Xfce has the same problems too?

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    This has nothing to do with distributions. You need to search for xorg or xserver information - the input driver that X uses for your mouse should handle scroll speed. – Mel Boyce Jun 30 '13 at 9:56
  • @MelBoyce Where can I find these informations? – Derfder Jun 30 '13 at 10:19
  • You could try an internet search engine and using something like "xorg mouse wheel scroll speed" as your search term. – Mel Boyce Jun 30 '13 at 10:26
  • you can set this for firefox in about:config i believe you can set the value for mousewheel.min_line_scroll_amount but that doesn't help the rest of the distro – mchid Aug 15 '15 at 14:15

Kubuntu is the only distribution that I know which had a setting for mouse scroll. Although, it is possible that any KDE-based distro make this setting available out-of-box.

In Kubuntu 12.04 release, you can look into System Settings > Input Devices > Mouse > Advanced. The last line contains this option: Mouse wheel scrolls by: (Default is set to 3 lines). You can change this value between 1 to 12 using the spinner (up-down control).

Below is the screenshot I had taken on Kubuntu 12.04.

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There are distro-independent alternatives, such as using a tool called imwheel suggested in this answer, using Xorg configuration which is often hardware-dependant, and may be more.

Side notes

Is this only a problem of Gnome distros or KDE and Xfce has the same problems too?

I had used legacy KDE3 and GNOME2-based distros back then, but I've come to liking XFCE4-based distro because it has "sufficient" options out-of-box.

And yet, XFCE4 doesn't have the "mouse scroll wheel sensitivity". The reason? It's likely what has been decided by the project team (although this is concurred from my opinion).

In contrast, Kubuntu/KDE-based distro have this option, mainly because their desktop environment offers extensive options for out-of-box customization.

Above all, not all distros are created equal.

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