I’d guess this is a driver problem, if it is a generic driver then you may be able to download the package and install it then hopefully it will run, but you will have to find out what drivers it was using in ubuntu and see if these can be used with the raspberry pi.
I’ve been trying to debug this one on my Gentoo system. I’ve found that if
you run usbmodules with the –device paramter will have the side effect of
allowing the adapter to work.
Plug in adapter [joydev is loaded, /dev/input/js0 is created]
cat /dev/input/js0 [a few bytes, then silence; never any response from pushing
usbmodules –device /proc/bus/usb/###/### [no output]
cat /dev/input/js0 [now it responds to button presses