Linux gets multitouch support

Regardless of the fact that the majority of people don't even own a touch capable screen, multitouch is still something that Windows 7 users across the world are privy to. If the screen can support it, it'll work. Linux users haven't been as fortunate...until now.

Liliputing reports that the ENAC Interactive Computing Laboratory has put together a video showing off multitouch support on a computer running Linux (Fedora 12). The "hack" allows existing applications to be used with a multitouch display. This is done through modifying the kernel, patching the X.org evdev driver, and using supported hardware. While this is by no means an official release of multitouch support, it's clearly a step in the right direction.

If you'd like to give it a try, here's what you'll need:


If you try it out, please leave a comment and let us know how it goes.

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still1 said,
How is this a hack? Linux is open and anyone can modify it.

Because it's the definition of what a hack is. It's a quick and dirty way of getting something to work the way you want it to.

still1 said,
thats amazing how linux support mutitouch with some minor changes.

Even more amazing that they still can't seem to make a build of Linux that can playback YouTube videos smoothly.

Until Linux gets the out of the box thing together, they'll never even be able to properly compete with Windows. I dunno if they're trying to honestly. They can't compete for the gaming market at least.

That's cool that they have this feature added though.

KSib said,
... They can't compete for the gaming market at least.
...

Not sure if you know this or not, but the Linux developers don't write Crysis and such. They write the Linux kernel.

Game writers write to whichever platform(s) have the marketshare. While Linux has good supercomputing, server, and embedded share.... Things are kind of "sparse" in the desktop market.

1% doesn't merit the effort, it seems :P

I'm trying to remember the last time I had a Linux distro out of a box. It must have been some Red Hat distro back in the late 90's :P

Not even that, because Linux is a chaotic "platform"--thus not a platform at all--you'd actually be targetting fractions of that one percent if you went after Linux. And of course, you'd have to deal with the onslaught of "source now" zealots.

Solid Knight said,
Not even that, because Linux is a chaotic "platform"--thus not a platform at all--you'd actually be targetting fractions of that one percent if you went after Linux. And of course, you'd have to deal with the onslaught of "source now" zealots.

What fractions did Doom3 or UT2004 target, and were was the "source now" onslaught? Because I surely missed that part.