A Number Of X.Org Input Drivers Get Updated
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 28 June 2011 at 10:32 AM EDT. Add A Comment
For anyone still relying upon non-kernel non-evdev non-synaptics input drivers for X.Org on Linux, there's a number of new releases. Peter Hutterer has released six updated xf86-input drivers.

Here's the new releases as of this morning:

xf86-input-fpit 1.4.0 - The xf86-input-fpit driver is for legacy hardware, namely the Fujitsu Stylistic Tablet PCs. This new Fujitsu input driver release just brings a bug fix, compatibility with the latest X.Org driver, and various clean-ups.

xf86-input-elographics 1.3.0 - The xf86-input-elographics is for old Elo touch-screen hardware. This X.Org input driver is just for their older touch computers -- i.e. their older VIA Eden systems that are quite slow but physically built quite well and popular in point-of-sale environments (I have lots of Elo experience from one of my other companies). The Elo X.Org driver update just has a few bug-fixes and support for the X Server's input ABI 12.

xf86-input-hyperpen 1.4.0 - The xf86-input-hyperpen driver is for very old HyperPen input devices, which you'll be very hard pressed to find these days. "This driver is one of the legacy input drivers and if you know users of this driver you might want to put them under a display cabinet in a museum because they must have rarity value by now. There has been exactly one fix (in 2007) to this driver since the modularisation in 2003." This release just fixes up support for the latest input ABI and some other minor changes.

xf86-input-penmount 1.5.0 - The driver for old PenMount input devices has also been updated with new ABI support and other minor clean-ups like the other drivers.

xf86-input-mutouch 1.3.0 - The xf86-input-mutouch driver is for select MicroTouch devices. This driver too now works with X.Org input ABI 12 and carries other minor fixes.

xf86-input-synaptics 1.4.1 - Of the driver releases this week by Peter, the xf86-input-synaptics driver should at least see some downloads since it's at least still used and works with some modern Synaptics touch-pads. Still though, this point release isn't particularly exciting. The Synaptics 1.4.1 driver update carries two fixes to syndaemon, an include update, and fixes a manual typo.
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