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    Phoronix: X Input 2.0 Merged Into The X Server

    Just as planned, the X Input 2 protocol for X.Org has entered the master X Server code-base. X Input 2 (or Xi2 for short) is a significant update over the original X Input extension and allows for Multi-Pointer X support and other enhanced input features...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzMwNg

  • #2
    Great news, thanks developers!

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    • #3
      yay! mpx!
      linux is now ready for all that multitouch stuff that everybody seems to care about so much
      but it would be interesting to see 2 people infront of one screen working with 2 different applications ^^

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      • #4
        I always wondered: Are all those shiny Multitouch-Touchpads notebooks and netbooks now have so often actually multipointer-devices? If so I think these + multipointer X might lead to some great things in the future. But I guess they're not real multipointer-devices but instead do their magic purely in hardware.

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        • #5
          My eee can detect three fingers on the keypad, but I doubt it does multitouch. Besides if it did, there'd probably be something in the driver to configure it already.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Pfanne View Post
            yay! mpx!
            linux is now ready for all that multitouch stuff that everybody seems to care about so much
            but it would be interesting to see 2 people infront of one screen working with 2 different applications ^^
            Afair there was a video showing a first demo of MPX some time ago, showing maybe 10 people on a desk, one monitor and 10 (or 20?) mouses and same number of cursors and everyone shuffling his mouse/s around.
            Though it should be not quite easy to have two applications take instructions from two users, could be a focus problem first and in case a problem with diverging instructions at the same time. Well, but maybe there are CAD programs using a mouse and some fancy cyber-whatever so you can use both hands at the same time to srew around on the screen.

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            • #7
              Now there's an idea... accurate dual-wielding in FPS games?

              Better still, Windows can't do it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ant P. View Post
                Now there's an idea... accurate dual-wielding in FPS games?

                Better still, Windows can't do it.
                playing railshooter with your friends on one computer

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ant P. View Post
                  Now there's an idea... accurate dual-wielding in FPS games?

                  Better still, Windows can't do it.
                  I remember playing The Settlers 2 with a friend on one pc with two mice in splitscreen... and that was like twelve years ago or something.
                  Ok, that's not a FPS, and I'm not even sure if it was Windows or Dos, but still: At least at some point in time on some sort of M$ OS in at least one game multipointer worked.

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                  • #10
                    How about controlling a multiplayer game with Wiimotes?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Pfanne View Post
                      but it would be interesting to see 2 people infront of one screen working with 2 different applications ^^
                      I think that's completely the point of all this...Linux has had multiple controller inputs for forever, you can hook up as many keyboards and mice and joypads as you want to and fight for control. MPX AFAIUI simply allows you to each "own" your own pointer if you want and "control" your own programs and such.

                      Window Battles anyone? :P "Stop putting your Mahjongg on top of my Neverball!"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Yfrwlf View Post
                        I think that's completely the point of all this...Linux has had multiple controller inputs for forever, you can hook up as many keyboards and mice and joypads as you want to and fight for control. MPX AFAIUI simply allows you to each "own" your own pointer if you want and "control" your own programs and such.

                        Window Battles anyone? :P "Stop putting your Mahjongg on top of my Neverball!"
                        There is also things like graphic tablets. You may wish to have different rules applied to the tablet than to a mouse, though both are technically pointing devices.

                        Does anybody have information on how the multiple devices will be handled for tablets with mpx? Will a tablet essentially expose several pointers (pen, eraser, etc)?

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