Experiencing MultiTouch – Yes, we can MultiTouch, all the day.
What i’ve read (but haven’t tested myself due to obvious technical difficulties) is that Linux kernel supports multitouch support since the v.2.6.30. OK, that was good news, we had a news post on Phoronix, and that was all.
After that, we had Microsoft Windows 7 being released, having support for Multi Touch screens. And that’s all. Multi touch screens are still expensive and (from what I see on videos only) unresponsive.
Today, I saw on Phoronix again this:
Impressive, huh ? Since Xorg has Multi Pointer support (aka multiple instances of a pointer on a screen aka multi touch), we can use Multi Touch screens on Linux with Xorg 7.5 installed. That’s good, isn’t it ?
OK, that’s “coooool”. Is it really something we need ?
Well, there are a LOT of things we don’t need, but we still use. What’s a candidate for “necessity” ? 10 years ago, a 266 P2 was all we wanted. Quad-core machines with gazillions of RAM is what we want now. That means necessity is relative. Many people have seen that movie, “Minority Report”, right ? Multitouch. And … remote multitouch. Do we need it now ?
Is it worth the time they spend on technologies like MultiTouch those Xorg guys
From what we see, they already invest on future. Multi Touch may be mainstream in a few years or so. No-one knows.