Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Apr 2010 13:10 UTC
Linux We all know Synaptics, the company that seems to produce just about every touchpad you can get your hands fingers on. Their touchpads also do a lot of multitouch and gesture stuff, but up until now, their set of gestures, the Synaptics Gesture Suite, was only available on Windows. Luckily, they've ported it over to Linux, and made it available for OEMs building Linux laptops.
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It's a pity it's not open source thus allowing all distributions access to their products as well as other OSs a chance to port the tools too (eg *BSD, OpenSolaris, Haiku, etc). With Synaptics business being hardware, I'd have thought (and correct me if I'm wrong here) there was no "trade secret" danger from opening up their code.

However, open source or not, it's good to see Synaptics contribute. There's still far too many hardware manufacturers out there that completely ignore the Linux platform - often just expecting hackers fill the void with reverse engineering and the lark. So I'd much rather see the source closed than not see the software at all.

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Edited 2010-04-19 13:48 UTC

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