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Ubuntu 10.10 Getting Multitouch ''Sequences''

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Canonical has announced that the next version of Ubuntu will come with support for multitouch.

Company founder Mark Shuttleworth yesterday announced that Ubuntu 10.10, scheduled for release in October, will feature multitouch support in the form of UTouch.

Multitouch is nothing new, however, Shuttleworth says Canonical tried to do something different with its implementation in Ubuntu.

"The design team has lead the way, developing a “touch language” which goes beyond the work that we’ve seen elsewhere," Mr. Shuttleworth writes on his blog. "Rather than single, magic gestures, we’re making it possible for basic gestures to be chained, or composed, into more sophisticated 'sentences,'" he explains. "The basic gestures, or primitives, are like individual verbs, and stringing them together allows for richer interactions. It’s not quite the difference between banging rocks together and conducting a symphony orchestra, but it feels like a good step in the right direction."

Expect things to be pretty basic in 10.10, but Shuttleworth hopes that as third part developers jump on board, Ubuntu's multitouch experience will start to fill out quite nicely.

Ars Technica reports that uTouch is tightly integrated with Unity, Ubuntu's new lightweight netbook environment, and relies on recent improvements to the Linux kernel like the Xorg display server, and the Gtk+ toolkit.

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    guzz46 , August 18, 2010 10:34 PM
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    Everything else "works" but is far from being as fast as Windows.


    Thats interesting, in my case i find it to be the opposite
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    zaixionito , August 18, 2010 9:53 PM
    So? If they can do it for hundreds of dollars less, it = more win for the consumers...

    Also, with all the people working on it, it might be better...
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    zaixionito , August 18, 2010 9:53 PM
    So? If they can do it for hundreds of dollars less, it = more win for the consumers...

    Also, with all the people working on it, it might be better...
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    failboat , August 18, 2010 9:56 PM
    This would be great. I almost bought a lenovo s10 3t. Hopefully, better touch screen netbooks come out soon.
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    gm0n3y , August 18, 2010 10:11 PM
    Sounds complicated. I'm sure if you could learn it, it would be worthwhile, but that's kind of like Linux in general.
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 18, 2010 10:14 PM
    How about they come with optimized code that utilizes all the power of your CPU and Video Card? I love Ubuntu but the only thing that works "pretty damn good" is the low latency of Jack/Audio programs. Everything else "works" but is far from being as fast as Windows. This is not an opinion. I am a pretty detailed person and I have tested both to ends wit. I would rather deal with some of the drawbacks of Windows just to get full speed from my software.
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    guzz46 , August 18, 2010 10:34 PM
    Quote:
    Everything else "works" but is far from being as fast as Windows.


    Thats interesting, in my case i find it to be the opposite
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 18, 2010 10:40 PM
    guzz46Thats interesting, in my case i find it to be the opposite
    I've heard that from others as well. Let me try and be more specific. Ubuntu's actual "OS" and backend runs extremely well. The operating system itself runs great. But, programs, other than the ones I mentioned.. do not. Not saying they couldn't! They could probably run way better. I just think more time needs to go into "software" development. I know it's hard work and I am not criticizing anyone. Just what I have experienced.
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    rjmehra , August 18, 2010 11:52 PM
    That's a great feature. Now if only they can make it install without black-screening, update without removing the menus, share folders without creating mounting conflicts, increase compatibility with basic web features... Ah I can dream.
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    stm1185 , August 18, 2010 11:58 PM
    I installed 10.04 on a old system that I wanted to setup in a spare bedroom for internet browsing. It works well enough, but I just cant see any advantage to it beyond it being free. I left it on there as I just dont care enough to go back and install XP on it.

    The biggest issue I saw with Ubuntu is that the software installation is buggy and very limited. I used the software browser that came with it, found an app I wanted to try, then Id click install, it would appear to do it; but then for some of the apps it would say installed, but there was not any apparent way to open it, and I could not find it in the file system. The user experience was very dissatisfying for me when trying to add to the OS, the built in applications worked well enough though.

    I also downloaded Chrome, ran it. Turned off the computer. Came back the next day, and Chrome was gone, but the installer was still there and acting like it was installed, there was just no way to open it. I guess it could have been done in a command line, but i dont know.

    So I find it just stupid that they are adding multi touch when doing basic things like adding new programs can be a bitch. Can they not make it as easy as windows or mac, download a file, run the file, app is installed.

    Its 2010, and if I have to go to a command line, then the OS is garbage.
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    guzz46 , August 19, 2010 12:05 AM
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    I've heard that from others as well. Let me try and be more specific. Ubuntu's actual "OS" and backend runs extremely well. The operating system itself runs great. But, programs, other than the ones I mentioned.. do not. Not saying they couldn't! They could probably run way better. I just think more time needs to go into "software" development. I know it's hard work and I am not criticizing anyone. Just what I have experienced.


    I understand what you are saying, but i personally haven't experienced any slow programs apart from limewire because its java but thats slow to start in windows also, it could be because i use xubuntu rather than ubuntu and use preload to improve app start up.

    Having said that though there is always room for improvement
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    irh_1974 , August 19, 2010 12:15 AM
    firebee1991What is it with Ubuntu and trying to rip off Apple lately? I can think of much better companies to rip off...

    Err, how exactly? You mean by being software?
    guzz46I personally haven't experienced any slow programs apart from limewire

    Try utorrent instead
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    guzz46 , August 19, 2010 1:00 AM
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    Try utorrent instead


    I have transmission but can you use it to search for songs like you do in limewire?
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    dEAne , August 19, 2010 2:34 AM
    very interesting, I been using ubunto for the past 3 years and it's cool.
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    Anonymous , August 19, 2010 3:14 AM
    Lately, both the Ubuntu devs and the Kernel devs have really been batting 'em right out of the park, Maverick is probably going to be the best Linux distro yet, and the 2.6.35 and 2.6.36 kernel look to be 2 of the best kernels yet.

    Linux has already taking over the server and the cellphone, next it will take over the desktop.
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    Duesouth , August 19, 2010 3:45 AM
    Ubuntu 10.10 is already release(in Beta or experimental format) but the stable current version is 10.04. this is old news. been using the experimental version since the release of 10.04 back in February 2010. Ubuntu release only or mostly stable version to everyone for free. and as for command line to install, that is the proper way to doing things. if you do not know Linux, then maybe you should get a book and read up on it. instead of being beep beep beep, instant microwave dinner. you want good food right? so you cook it properly. and not just microwave it. if you want instant fast, now, or I am going to die in 3 minutes, well you go with the easy way out, and not learn anything. presto. magic button and it is done. fast food. or instant food drive thru had mentally change the way people think, next please, next, next. no one has any patient now.
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    someguynamedmatt , August 19, 2010 4:11 AM
    I'm prepared to be downrated for saying this, but you get what you pay for. Ubuntu is free, and you get all the little hiccups and inconveniences ('installing' a program shouldn't require extensive research) that come with it. Apple OSX is... well... Apple OSX. I don't think I need to elaborate much more. Then there's Windows 7, which I have recently fallen in love with because of its ease of use and functionality. If I want to install a program, I double click on the setup.exe file and wait. "Life, Simpler."

    Just my off-topic $0.02.
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    randomizer , August 19, 2010 4:12 AM
    stm1185Its 2010, and if I have to go to a command line, then the OS is garbage.

    Why is it garbage if you need to do things in the fastest possible way vs the slowest possible way? I know my way around the Windows GUI fairly well so I don't have much need for the CLI (and on top of that the Windows CLI is garbage), but when I switch to any Linux distro I do things on the command line quite often. It's just so much faster than digging around through fancy menus.

    That said, you should not need to use the command line for most basic tasks in Ubuntu. From the sound of it you've just run into one of Ubuntu's "features," ie. half-baked additions that don't work all the time. From the looks of it, this Multitouch thing will also be a half-baked idea. Rather than keeping it purely in the development branch until it's polished they will put something in 10.10 just because it sort-of-kinda works when the planets are aligned right. That's the Ubuntu way though. Add unpolished features, change the theme and create a ton of hype. Canonical have very good marketing considering their size, I'll give them that.
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    guzz46 , August 19, 2010 5:30 AM
    Quote:
    I'm prepared to be downrated for saying this, but you get what you pay for. Ubuntu is free, and you get all the little hiccups and inconveniences ('installing' a program shouldn't require extensive research) that come with it. Apple OSX is... well... Apple OSX. I don't think I need to elaborate much more. Then there's Windows 7, which I have recently fallen in love with because of its ease of use and functionality. If I want to install a program, I double click on the setup.exe file and wait. "Life, Simpler."

    Just my off-topic $0.02.


    Thats all you have to do in ubuntu as well, open up synaptic package manager - search for the app then click install.

    And every OS has hiccups and inconveniences including windows 7 despite it still costing $$$
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    snoogins , August 19, 2010 6:18 AM
    meh, 30$ for win7 for me makes it a no brainer...

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    guzz46 , August 19, 2010 6:31 AM
    It $250 for windows 7 home premium upgrade where i'm from.

    And i managed to get windows 7 ultimate for free but i still use xubuntu
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