Ubuntu Linux to Get Multitouch Support

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Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux 10.10 OS, codenamed “Maverick Meerkat”, will support multitouch gestures.

“Our multi-touch work began in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, when we worked to get additional touch hardware supported in the Linux kernel, particularly the Dell XT2, HP tx2 tablets and the Lenovo T410s laptops. With that in place, and active development in X well under way, we reviewed our options for gesture recognition in Linux. The Maverick cycle has seen us produce several prototypes for gesture recognition software and the Ubuntu archives now include the results of that effort,” says Canonical.

The new feature is enabled by Ubuntu’s uTouch multi-touch and gesture framework.

Maverick Meerkat is currently in Alpha 3 stage. The final Ubuntu 10.10 release is expected in October.

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