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

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Published on 17 March 2014 06:55 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
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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.

The xf86-input-synaptics 1.7.99.1 development release was tagged today by Peter and with it comes several key changes:

- Lots of work in this new X.Org driver version is for supporting new Lenovo Touchpads... In particular, the Lenovo T440, T540, X240, Helix, and Yoga laptops are now supported by this X.Org input driver.

- The evdev baci-end on Linux now uses the libevdev library for communication. Using the libevdev 1.1-rc1+ library is recommended for best results.

- Changes to TouchpadOff behavior to now allow physical button clicks.

- Support for mtdev was dropped.

More details on this new development release of xf86-input-synaptics 1.8 can be found via Peter's mailing list release announcement.

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