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    Phoronix: The Synaptics Driver That Does Multi-Touch, ClickPads

    Following last weeks release of the new X.Org EvDev input driver that introduces support for multi-touch and smooth scrolling, the updated Synaptics input driver is now available for Linux users. Key features, of course, are multi-touch and ClickPads support...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA3MDY

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    The grammar and technical errors in this "article" are a joke. The click pad is a giant button, parts of it can be sectioned of to be right or middle click but there's nothing fake about them

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBurn View Post
    The grammar and technical errors in this "article" are a joke. The click pad is a giant button, parts of it can be sectioned of to be right or middle click but there's nothing fake about them
    Well the clickpads themselves are certainly a joke along with modern keyboards. I mean what's with that, why are all of our peripheral devices turning to utter junk when we've had 150+ years of keyboard development from the invention of the typewriter, and there was a point of time where keyboard design had been tuned to perfection. similar story is going for trackpads now, where it's become the hip(ster) thing to remove the discrete buttons and replace it with marked out (or not) touch areas, pardon me but both that design and the clickpad's are just asinine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke_Wolf View Post
    Well the clickpads themselves are certainly a joke along with modern keyboards. I mean what's with that, why are all of our peripheral devices turning to utter junk when we've had 150+ years of keyboard development from the invention of the typewriter, and there was a point of time where keyboard design had been tuned to perfection. similar story is going for trackpads now, where it's become the hip(ster) thing to remove the discrete buttons and replace it with marked out (or not) touch areas, pardon me but both that design and the clickpad's are just asinine.
    Please do tell of these "perfect" keyboards.
    I'd love a keyboard which would allow nearly anyone to (very quickly learn) input data as fast as they can talk, not cause repetitive stress injuries, and be usable at all form factors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liam View Post
    Please do tell of these "perfect" keyboards.
    I'd love a keyboard which would allow nearly anyone to (very quickly learn) input data as fast as they can talk, not cause repetitive stress injuries, and be usable at all form factors.
    It's called the IBM Model M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke_Wolf View Post
    It's called the IBM Model M.
    I'm sure it's possible to do significantly better. Maybe I can self-advertise.

    Back on topic, if multi-touch can offer Mac-style app switching it'll be cool 8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke_Wolf View Post
    It's called the IBM Model M.
    Even hardwarewise there are some really great alternatives (but make sure you get the Cherry switches; if memory serves Das makes keyboards using only the higher end Cherry spring collapse switch), but the problems I mentioned still remain.
    Having to make those rapid, fine movements with your fingers while contorting your wrists into position is why people get carpal tunnel.
    There are some alternative input devices that help to put your wrists in a more natural position, but they are bizarre.
    My point, however, is that ANY kind of keyboard is going to have the kinds of problems I mentioned in thr previous post.

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