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[News] Video: Multitouch Works in GNU/Linux, New DistroWatch Weekly

  • Subject: [News] Video: Multitouch Works in GNU/Linux, New DistroWatch Weekly
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 05:23:40 +0000
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Multitouch screens in Linux/Xorg/GTK+


DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 338, 1 February 2010

,----[ Quote ]
| User-friendliness of computer operating 
| systems is something that gets often 
| discussed in open-source software circles. 
| But adding features that are designed to 
| attract more new users isn't always viewed 
| positively in some hard-core geek 
| communities. This week's feature story 
| examines a case of a developer who was met 
| with a hostile reception when he tried to 
| present his easy-to-use live CD to an 
| unforgiving group of OpenBSD hackers. In the 
| news section, Sun Microsystems closes its 
| corporate web site, but what does that mean 
| for some of its popular products? Also in 
| this week's issue, we investigate the idea of 
| converting the ext3 file system to the newer 
| ext4, take a look at Ubuntu's controversial 
| deal with Yahoo, and link to an article that 
| reveals a little-known, but useful Mandriva 
| feature. All this and more in this week's 
| issue of DistroWatch Weekly - happy reading!



Multitouch Gestures on Linux? You Got It!!!

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| Most Linux distros donât yet support
| multitouch screens out of the box, but that
| doesnât matter, because Franceâs ENAC
| Interactive Computing Lab has put together a
| video demonstrating multitouch on a PC
| running Fedora 12 on what looks to be be a
| 10-inch touchscreen display.


Linux + Multitouch display = open source 10 fingered goodness

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| In order to emulate these results, youâll need
| the Linux kernel 2.6.31, a modified version of
| X.org 1.7, and supported hardware and drivers.
| So weâre not quite at the point where you can
| just pick up a netbook with a multitouch
| display, install Fedora or another Linux
| distro, and expect to tap your way to bliss
| with up to 10 fingers on the screen. But weâre
| getting closer.


Linux touchscreen advances

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| French development group at ENAC have developed native multitouch using the
| Linux 2.6.30 kernel, and can support swipe, flip, rotate and pinch-resize
| gestures...


Multitouch screencast overload

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| Going a bit more deeply on how KDE SC 4.4
| will support multitouch, here are 3 longer
| videos:
| The first one shows marble. Is now possible
| (with the usual disclaimer on devices and
| systems that support it, hoping it will
| become a more pervasive feature) to zoom
| the earth with a two fingers gesture,
| making a retty natural interacion
| OGG version
| The second one shows Plasma: it's possible
| to move, resize and rotate the widgets with
| two fingers, making them a bit more "real
| objects".

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