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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spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23

The problem is that their code is probably an unmaintainable mess full of bugs and WTF that would hit their corporate image so much that they decided it is better to pretend they've got some super secret algorithm that gives them a competitive advantage so they don't want you to see that.

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.

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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

.... 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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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I'm not sure why a server would have a Synaptics touchpad on it...

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The problem is that their code is probably an unmaintainable mess full of bugs and WTF that would hit their corporate image so much that they decided it is better to pretend they've got some super secret algorithm that gives them a competitive advantage so they don't want you to see that.

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.


Oh dear.

I don't really know where to start debunking such an absurd comment, so instead I'll get back to playing my 3D accelerated games in Linux thanks to nVidia's proprietary drivers.

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