Touchpad support for ?

Daniel Stone daniel at
Fri Jun 10 22:21:41 CDT 2005

On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 02:46:18PM -0700, Karl Hegbloom wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-05-13 at 04:17 -0700, Corey Burger wrote:
> > 1. Wacom tablet support out of the box, without having to edit
> > Xorg.conf. This seemed to be a major issue, as about 4 to 5 people
> > mentioned it.
> Synaptics touchpad support should be there also.  Though it works as a
> PS/2 mouse, it's nice to have all of the features working, like tap and
> scrollbar.  Adding a section to xorg.conf like this:
> [...]
> ... is all it takes.  A debconf question could ask whether there's a
> touchpad or not, and use the right InputDevice identifier depending on
> their answer.

This is what we do by default on laptops.  I don't see why you want to
move this from done-by-default to a Debconf question?

> With 'SHMConfig' on, GUI and command line tools can change touchpad
> settings.

SHMConfig is hideously insecure, and also breaks hard if you have more
than one X server.  So my mum would be there trying to change the
touchpad settings on her session, and changing them to extremities
because it's not working.  Then I'd log back in to my session and find
my touchpad is unusable.

> There is also a daemon that turns the touchpad off until 1
> second after the last keystroke.  That prevents pointer taps from thumbs
> hitting the pad while typing.

If this relies on SHMConfig, see above.
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