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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.... Or worse, they have some Trojan or malfeatures in their code they don't want you to know about.

In any case, it's probably wise to avoid putting yourself at risk by running such closed software on your computer.

I can see the argument against binary blobs is a good one, but this is over stating the case, hardware vendors supporting Linux is a good thing, OK it would be better if this was with opensource drivers, but it is still a step in the right direction.

I wouldn't suggest installing this on your server, but on a less than mission critical netbook, smartbook etc it will be a good thing.

So - Year of the Linux netbook, smartbook, laptop! I think year of the Linux Desktop has already happened just many people haven't noticed.

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