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Multitouch gestures coming in Ubuntu 10.10

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Canonical, makers of the user-friendly Linux operating system Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 10.10 would support multitouch gestures by default.

This is good news for fans of the Linux operating system who have had to work on their own solutions or third-party tools to bring the same multitouch mouse support that OSX and Windows users have enjoyed.

To pull this off Canonical is introducing uTouch, a framework for supporting multitouch mousepads. The framework will work best with mousepads that support 4 finger touch and rather than using one gesture at a time; the development team wants to enable users to string together gestures to tackle more sophisticated tasks.

Ubuntu 10.10 is set for release on October 10, 2010 or 10.10.10 as it is affectionately noted on the gestures announcement page. Ubuntu is a free operating system that will run on most notebooks and netbooks; often times alongside Windows. When released you can try out Ubuntu without installing it by downloading a Live CD image or booting from a USB drive.

Via Netbooknews

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

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