More Details On The State Of Libinput & Libratbag For Linux Input
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 16 September 2015 at 10:15 PM EDT. Add A Comment
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A portion of today at XDC2015 Toronto was devoted to Linux input matters.

Red Hat's input expert, Peter Hutterer, talked about libinput for an X11/Wayland input library as well as his new libratbag project.

With the recent release of Libinput 1.0, Hutterer talked about the current state of things for this input handling library that's become widely used by Wayland compositors as well as on X11 via the xf86-input-libinput driver.

Future plans for libinput support include full Wacom tablet support, a button set interface, pointer acceleration improvements for touchpad/trackpoints, and extended touch information.

Those wanting to find out more about the state of libinput can see Peter's slides.

Also presented was the new libratbag project, which was mentioned yesterday on Phoronix as a generic library for dealing with configurable mice, namely the fancier gaming mice that offer various profiles, custom button mapping, and other user-configurable features. Those wanting to find out all about what libratbag is planning and more can see these presentation slides.
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