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    Phoronix: X.Org's Synaptics Driver Gets Big Changes, New Laptop Support

    Peter Hutterer has announced a new development release of the xf86-video-synaptics 1.8 driver that is going to offer up many changes for this input driver common to Linux laptops/ultrabooks...

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

  • #2
    Will this land in Ubuntu 14.04?

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    • #3
      Not at this moment. Maybe in a later LTS refresh? (i.e. around 14.10).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
        Not at this moment. Maybe in a later LTS refresh? (i.e. around 14.10).
        Damn, do you think it will be possible to install in 14.04? I have a friend with a Asus laptop that have one of those touchpads, and the hardware button for rightclick just wont work. Seems to be fixed in this release of xf86-input-synaptics.

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        • #5
          I have a Lenovo Yoga, so this is good for me.

          I wish the synaptics driver would have an option for reverse scrolling, without having to invert values manually and the ability to use the bottom right corner for right click.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Britoid View Post
            I have a Lenovo Yoga, so this is good for me.

            I wish the synaptics driver would have an option for reverse scrolling, without having to invert values manually and the ability to use the bottom right corner for right click.
            man synaptics

            Option "RBCornerButton" "integer"
            Which mouse button is reported on a right bottom corner tap. Set to 0 to disable. Property: "Synaptics Tap Action"
            Option "VertScrollDelta" "integer" (if it accepts negative value's)
            Move distance of the finger for a scroll event. Property: "Synaptics Scrolling Distance"

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
              man synaptics
              Thanks.

              It feels as if setting VertScrollDelta is just a bit of a hack.
              Last edited by Britoid; 03-18-2014, 08:45 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Britoid View Post
                Thanks.

                It feels as if setting VertScrollDelta is just a bit of a hack.
                Nope, integers include negative numbers. Nothing hacky about it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rexilion View Post
                  Nope, integers include negative numbers. Nothing hacky about it.
                  Okay. Ubuntu should just implement this into Settings, the other methods to gain reverse scrolling don't work in a lot of applications.

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                  • #10
                    man synclient

                    sudo apt-get install gpointing-device-settings

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mat2 View Post
                      man synclient

                      sudo apt-get install gpointing-device-settings

                      I tried that, but half of it is disabled and some of the figures are wrong.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Britoid View Post
                        I tried that, but half of it is disabled and some of the figures are wrong.
                        I think it's dead. The homepage in the Ubuntu .deb does not exist and git only contains translation entry's. I see one code commit in 2010 though.

                        If I were you, I would just create an synaptics_custom.conf in your xorg.conf.d and be done with it. No more fiddling with synclient and system-wide settings.

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                        • #13
                          Yogo Pro 2 support is only half baked

                          On a Yoga 2 Pro, using Kubuntu 14.04 with the latest 1.73 drivers, my touchpad fails to initialize as I have to blacklist the idea_pad-laptop module to enable wifi.

                          Removing idea_pad from the blacklist enables the touhpad, but wifi will not initialize.

                          I can't seem to manually revive wlan without removing the ideapad-laptop module:

                          Code:
                          sudo rmmod -f ideapad-laptop
                          Failed manual attempts at reviving the wlan were as follows:
                          Code:
                          sudo rfkill unblock all
                          sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
                          sudo service network-manager restart
                          even though:

                          Code:
                          iwlist scan
                          shows that wlan0 is "UP BROADCAST..."

                          Looks like this issue can be resolved as per this bug report, https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1021036, but patch has yet to land in the kernel.

                          I sure wish the manufactures would put a little more time in testing their products with Linux and requesting Linux compatibility from their component vendors.

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                          • #14
                            Yoga 2 Pro half bake update

                            Update to post #13: Subsequent updates from the Kubuntu repositories have fixed the touchpad/wifi conflict. Touchpad works with the ideapad-laptop module disabled.

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