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Linux gets multi-touch support with Synaptics

Many Linux users will be able to perform multi-touch gestures on their laptop touchpads, after Synaptics extended this functionality to the open-source operating system environment.

Many Linux users will be able to perform multi-touch gestures on their laptop touchpads, after Synaptics extended this functionality to the open-source operating system environment.

On Monday, Synaptics said PC manufacturers would be able to incorporate the interface company's Gesture Suite into their Linux-based products. The suite incorporates multi-touch functionality including two-fingered scrolling, pinch-to-zoom and twist-to-rotate.

"The Synaptics Gesture Suite for Linux enables [manufacturers] to leverage a broad range of gesture capabilities across Linux operating systems, and offers extensibility into new Linux flavours such as Google Chrome OS and additional support for touch-enabled remote control devices," Synaptics PC chief Ted Theocheung said in a statement.

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