Ubuntu Linux to go Multi-Touch

Yesterday Canonical said that it will be bring multi-touch support to its newest version of Ubuntu Linux 10.10.

“Multi-touch is just as useful on a desktop as it is on a phone or tablet, so I’m delighted that the first cut of Canonical’s UTouch framework has landed in Maverick and will be there for its release on 10.10.10. This is being driven in part because many partners want touch across their equipment range,” Shuttleworth said in a email to Steven Vaughan-Nichols of Computerworld.com.

This will currently not be a Tablet version, although it might work on a tablet; it is mainly used for computer and notebooks.  Although there is currently only a few high end computers that offer multi-touch, Shuttleworth hopes for this to be a big step in the right direction for more touch screen computers coming out.

“By release, we expect you’ll be able to use Ubuntu with multi-touch with a range of devices from major manufacturers,” said Shuttleworth. “The decision to use the Dell laptop for development was engineering driven, not a business one.” Still, Shuttleworth added, “all the major PC vendors are looking into touch as a major area of interest and all will be bringing touch to market and for those considering Linux, Ubuntu 10.10 will be a fantastic base.”

And what will you see from this base, as Shuttleworth explained in his blog, “The design team has lead the way, 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.”

We will just have to wait and see until the new version comes out to see how good it is, can’t wait it should be cool.

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