Linked by Elv13 on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 00:00 UTC
Linux "As the Linux desktop increases in popularity, the user interface experience has become increasingly important. For example, most laptops today have multitouch capabilities that have yet to be fully exposed and exploited in the free software ecosystem. Soon we will be carrying around multitouch tablets with a traditional Linux desktop or similar foundation. In order to provide a high-quality and rich experience we must fully exploit multitouch gestures. The uTouch stack developed by Canonical aims to provide a foundation for gestures on the Linux desktop."
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Canonical and the community
by n0b0dy on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 14:11 UTC
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Where are all those people claiming Canonical and Ubuntu contribute nothing for Linux and the open source community now?

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Throwing a few stones doesnt suddenly make them great contributors. They need to do more and work with the upstream communities too to make sure that any good work done survives beyond canonical/Ubuntu.

uTouch is a hack that isnt suported by the wider community (which has been working on xinput 2/2.1/2.2) where the major developers think that uthouch is doing things in the wrong part of the stack.

This will likely remain Ubuntu only technology where everyone else in the FOSS community goes another way.

The big question here is where are gestures interpreted and at what level. should the X environment interpret them? the toolkit or the application?

The people working in X Inout believe that X is the wrong place as it wouldnt know enough about the applications and they provide inpout to feed up the layer (which then GTK3 or the application can interpret or ignore as needed).

Canonical/Ubuntu feel that X is the right place as for the few gestures, they should be consistent and also would appear quicker and with less work in the short term (though then when there is a right way that works well, this will create more work).

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n0b0dy Member since:

You probably hate having choice. Having to choose between Gnome, KDE, xfce etc. Having to choose between Gnome Shell or Unity. I like choices, I like it when people try to think outside the box, I like the fact I can choose between Git, Mercurial and others. I like the fact Fedora and Ubuntu decided to drop X and move to Wayland. Sometimes you're left with a few or a lot of choices KDE/Gnome/XFCE/etc. sometimes one dies and another survives VHS/Beta, but having that choice in the first place is a great thing. It allows different ideas to flurish and gives everyone a chance to do it in a different, even if eventually not a better way.Canonical is giving you more choices, whether you like those options or not (I hate unity) they're still good to have.

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