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18.08.2010 11:27

Ubuntu: Ubuntu 10.10 set to offer gesture based touch screen support

Category: notebook components
By: Pallab Jyotee Hazarika

Several GTK applications in the Ubuntu 10.10 are going to benefit from the new feature

Post the release of the new Ubuntu installer, Linux users now have a new outstanding feature to look forward to. According to the latest official announcement by the conceivers of the operating system- Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth, the much awaited Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system, slated for release on Oct 10, 2010 and being the 13th release of Ubuntu, will empower developers and end users alike with several GTK applications set to receive gesture based touch screen support.

Multi touch pad and touchscreen users will be able to experience superior window management with the Ubuntu 10.10 Notebook edition which boasts of a gesture enabled unity interface with the Dell XT2 being capitalised upon as the development environment for the above. Going by what the developers claim, by the time of release, the feature will be ready to use with a wide range of manufacturers along with add-ons like Apple’s Magic Track pad.

This breakthrough multi touch technology is a result of Canonical working in collaboration with X.org and Linux kernel communities to plug the loopholes in terms of missing features and improvement of the existing drivers. Canonical’s Multi touch Code is published on Launchpad and is released under the LGPLv3 and GPLv3 licences.

With the introduction of this new feature, hopefully Ubuntu and the entire Linux OS community will be taken to new heights.

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