Feature Proposal: Enable two finger touchpad scrolling by default

Bilal Akhtar bilalakhtar at ubuntu.com
Thu Mar 17 13:54:50 UTC 2011

On 03/17/2011 04:39 PM, Chris Coulson wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-03-17 at 14:26 +0100, Milan Bouchet-Valat wrote:
>> On jeu., 2011-03-17 at 14:14 +0100, Martin Pitt wrote:
>>> Chase Douglas [2011-03-17  8:57 -0400]:
>>>> We've received a request to enable two finger scrolling by default in
>>>> Ubuntu. After querying some of our uTouch and X developers, everyone
>>>> seems to be in agreement that this is a good idea.
>>> This is in fact a request that I also already heard more than once
>>> from friends of mine. It has been possible to enable this using some
>>> xinput commands, but enabling it by default might be nice indeed.
>>> It would be even better to add an option to gnome-mouse-properties
>>> for this, of course :)
>> This is already present in Maverick if I'm not mistaken. (At least it's
>> present, maybe it doesn't work...)
>> The problem I can see with this is that two-finger scrolling can only be
>> the default when the touchpad supports it. We need to fallback to
>> scrolling from the side of the touchpad, else it would be a regression
>> for many users.
>> Regards
> Yes, the option already exists in gnome-mouse-properties.
> I've just confirmed on my laptop that edge-scrolling *is* disabled when
> turning on two-finger scrolling. My touchpad doesn't support two-finger
> scrolling, so that would be a pretty bad out-of-the-box experience for
> me (and other people in this situation) if we went ahead and did this.

Same case here. My touchpad doesn't support multitouch (and two finger
scrolling). If this change was made default, there should be a fallback
edge scrolling method for non-supporting touchpads.


Bilal Akhtar

> Regards
> Chris

Bilal Akhtar - Ubuntu Developer <bilalakhtar at ubuntu.com>
IRC nick: cdbs

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