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Reach out and touch your netbook with Ubuntu multitouch

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced Monday that multitouch support and gesture-based interaction will arrive in Ubuntu 10.10, the next major version of the popular Linux distribution. The feature will be tightly integrated in Unity, Ubuntu’s new lightweight netbook environment.

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has developed a software framework called uTouch that is intended to simplify gesture handling. The company’s team of designers has published an early draft of a gesture guideline document that explains how multitouch capabilities will be used in Unity. It defines a common grammar of gestures and introduces concepts like chained gestures, which will allow users to convey gesture-based instructions to the software in a more expressive way.

Read more at ars technica

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