Kubuntu Maverick: how to disable there the touchpad while typing?

Doug dmcgarrett at optonline.net
Thu Dec 30 00:38:42 UTC 2010

On 12/29/2010 01:33 PM, Bas Roufs wrote:
> Hello Everybody
> In a few preceding editions of Kubuntu, I used a simple, but effective 
> graphical tool to disable the touchpad while typing: "Touchfreeze". I 
> I refer to the touchpad at an Asus 1001 HA netbook with, at present, 
> Kubuntu 10.10 and Win7 dual boot. In previous editions of Kubuntu, a 
> few mouse clicks were enough to enable or disable the touchpad via 
> "Touchfreeze". Now, I even cannot find this package any more in the 
> repository. Also in the newest version of the "Synaptics Touchpad" 
> community documentation, I cannot find it any more: 
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynapticsTouchpad
> In theory, I still can use syndaemon for the same purpose, but this 
> app is a bit complicated and cumbersome. That's why I have been 
> looking to the following option:
> K-menu > System Settings > Input devices > touchpad.
> Initially, this menu did not work at all. But after using the Konsole 
> commands "xinput list" and "syndaemon", the touchpad menu started 
> identifying the touchpad and working with it
> So far, I found there only a way to TOTALLY disable or enable the 
> touchpad. But this is not what I am looking for.
> Additionally, I have chosen the lowest possible "touch sensitivity". 
> However, this did not solve the problem sufficiently. Still e.g. the 
> K-Menu or the Quick Access Browser suddenly and uncontrollably pop up 
> -e.g. while typing this message via Firefox. Also when working with 
> OpenOffice or other packages, I experience similar problems.  Do you 
> have any clue how to deal with this problem in a way similar to the 
> one of "Touchfreeze"?
> Thanks for replying.
> Bas Roufs.
If you are using the KDE version of Kubuntu, you should have access to 
Synaptiks--note the last few letters.  This works
perfectly on a Dell with PCLOS.  Unfortunately, I have never found a 
usable program for Gnome type Linuxes.


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