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X.Org EvDev 2.1 Driver Released, New Features

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Published on 19 November 2008 07:57 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
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In addition to being responsible for Multi-Pointer X, Peter Hutterer has also been working a fair bit on the evdev driver as of late. Evdev is the generic X.Org input driver and in the most recent release that occurred yesterday it has picked up a few new key features.

The xf86-input-evdev 2.1 driver has added support for axis inversion, touchscreen support, runtime calibration for absolute devices, axis swapping, mouse wheel emulation, and drag lock. In addition, this driver has runtime configuration property support, but this capability won't yet be in a released version of the X Server until version 1.6.

The release announcement (and source download links) for the evdev 2.1 driver can be read on the X.Org mailing list. In addition, more information about this release can be found on Peter's blog. To build the evdev 2.1 driver X Server 1.5.3 or manually patch this driver due to the EVIOCGRAB change.

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