Multitouch in Natty without Ginn (Lenovo T410s)

Asked by Bernard Victor Delvaux on 2011-03-17


I have the chance to have a Lenovo Thinkpad T410s with touchscreen; great laptop

Single touch is natively working in Maverick and Natty, and 4 fingers (i think even 5) gestures work perfectly with Ginn (great application); as far as I understand, since almost any application support multitouch in their code, multitouch cannot be used a lot in itself but it need the help of Ginn.

I understand that the 2 fingers Unity gestures cannot work without Ginn since almost no app support multitouch yet. But aren't there some things that should work natively at the desktop or system level in Natty (such as 3 or 4 fingers gestures)? Also, i cannot have a touchpoint menu opening if I hold a single touch. I'm using Natty alpha 3.

Thank you very much. I hope this question is appropriate.


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Best Duncan McGreggor (oubiwann) said : #1

Hey Victor,

Thanks for your question. I also have the T410s, and based on my experience of using other N-trig-based systems, this one seems to be the best.

For Maverick, I summarized the supported gestures in the blog post:

For Natty, the DX Shell Team is currently working on tying the front end compiz work to the uTouch backend. Once they do, there will be a compiz plugin in the archives, enabling gestures for Natty. I will definitely be blogging about that when it's ready, so stay tuned to Planet Ubuntu...

Thank you Duncan for your answer.

Indeed everything you have said in Maverick works perfectly with the netbook/Unity interface (your answer helped me for that that too).

However since I'm not familiar enough with Unity, i'd like to stick for now with the classic desktop. Could you tell me how to activate those effects without Unity?

Thank you


Duncan McGreggor (oubiwann) said : #3


I have created a new question for that here:

I will be posting the answer shortly (feel free to subscribe yourself to it!).



Thanks Duncan McGreggor, that solved my question.