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Help Ubuntu Will Run On Tablets With Better Multi-touch Support
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I always believed that Ubuntu has missed the tablet bus with not being able to tie up with and hardware vendor to offer Ubuntu running tablet. But, if we look at the market it's not an easy task for Canonical to achieve that. I believe it does make sense for Canonical to not get into the waters so early without knowing the temperature and depth.

So, what is going on at Canonical when it comes to the multi-touch devices? It appears a lot is going on behind the scene. Future versions of Ubuntu will have better support for mult-touch devices and if vendors like it they might start putting Ubuntu on tablets.

Chase Douglas of Canonical has written in his blog post, "One of my key goals for Ubuntu 11.04 has been to introduce full multitouch support through X.org. In technical terms, this means adding touch support to the XInput protocol. You may see others refer to multitouch in X.org as simply XInput 2.1. We hatched our plan back at UDS-N to push hard on developing the XInput 2.1 protocol and implementing it as best as possible in 11.04. The idea was that Ubuntu would be a test bed for the protocol before it is adopted by X.org upstream."

The good news is as he further writes, "... what we have in Ubuntu 11.04 works pretty well. However, we need to set some boundaries so people aren’t caught off guard by changes from the XInput 2.1 implementation in Ubuntu 11.04 and what ends up in X.org’s X Server 1.11 and Ubuntu 11.10 later this year."

Read More - http://www.muktware.com/n/17/2011/840/ub...ch-support
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