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Ubuntu Linux to Get Multi-Touch Support

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The next version of Ubuntu will support multi-touch gestures, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth has revealed.

Version 10.10.10, colloquially dubbed Maverick Meerkat, will support four finger gesture support, bringing Linux up to par with Windows 7 and Apple’s Snow Leopard on the desktop.

In fact, Shuttleworth claims that Ubuntu’s implementation will go beyond what’s capable on those platforms.

“The design team {is} developing a “touch language” which goes beyond the work that we’ve seen elsewhere. Rather than single, magic gestures, we’re making it possible for basic gestures to be chained, or composed, into more sophisticated “sentences”. The basic gestures, or primitives, are like individual verbs, and stringing them together allows for richer interactions. It’s not quite the difference between banging rocks together and conducting a symphony orchestra, but it feels like a good step in the right direction.”
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He also said that the roadmap for version 11.04 would be to create touch-aware versions of all the major Ubuntu apps, such as the browser, email, file and photo management, chat and media software.

Canonical’s official blog states that the touch interface will be called uTouch 1.0 and is based on an open source gesture recognition engine and a gesture API.

“We are certain that multi-touch and gestures will be central to the way we use Linux applications in future,” the company stated.

Link: Canonical blog.
Link: Mark Shuttleworth blog.

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