For god's sake, touchscreens should work out of the box

Matteo Sisti Sette matteosistisette at
Fri Oct 25 18:26:05 UTC 2013

I took a 6-year old computer with a builtin touchscreen (not a notebook) 
that had Ubuntu 7.10 installed on it, and it had the touchscreen 
working, though I guess it had needed some work to set it up correctly.

I installed 12.04 LTS on it, wiping out the old installation. The 
touchscreen didn't work out of the box. It definitely should. It's 
absurd that on a machine that has a touchscreen for which support has 
been available for 6 years, the touchscreen is not enabled by default 
and working just out of the box.

Additionally, I followed literally step-by-step the guide at to configure the touch screen (it is 
a shame that one has to do all that stuff manually in the first place), 
and I ended up with a machine that won't boot.

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