Configuring Touch Screen in GNU/Linux


Ah the touchscreen ─ that piece of hardware that promises to finally strip humanity of an interface very much long in the tooth. I’m talking about the mouse. It’s that piece of technology that is being threatened with extinction, thanks to the touchscreen. And with good reason. Once you’ve used the touchscreen, you fully understand that they are, in fact, a much-needed breath of fresh air.
But in Linux-land, all isn’t exactly rosy. Once you get your hands on a supported device (such as the fantastic System76 Sable Touch running Ubuntu 14.10), you’ll find that not everything works as you’d expect. Sure there are some handy three and four finger multi-touch gestures that work out of the box, but the go-to gestures (such as right mouse click and Firefox scrolling) simply don’t work.
The good news, getting those very necessary gestures to work isn’t all that challenging. It does, however, require the installation of an app and a Firefox extension. The bad news is that not all distributions respond the same way to these workarounds. Ultimately, this falls into the hands of the Linux community to resolve, as touchscreens aren’t going away (and, in fact, will continue to rise in popularity). With that said, let’s take a look at what you can do to get that shiny new touchscreen device working in a way that actually makes sense.
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