Ubuntu 10.10 to Feature Multitouch Support
The next iteration of Ubuntu will accommodate Canonical’s UTouch framework, making it the first version of the world’s most popular linux distro to feature multitouch support. Codenamed Maverick Meerkat, Ubuntu version 10.10 is scheduled for release on October 10, 2010. According to a post on Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth’s official blog, at least a four-finger touch device is needed â€œto get the most out of it.â€
He also revealed that Canonical is developing the new feature using the Dell Latitude XT2 as its development platform. â€œThe design team has lead the way, developing a â€œtouch languageâ€ which goes beyond the work that weâ€™ve seen elsewhere. Rather than single, magic gestures, weâ€™re making it possible for basic gestures to be chained, or composed, into more sophisticated ‘sentences,’â€ the South African entrepreneur wrote in a blog post Monday.
â€œThe basic gestures, or primitives, are like individual verbs, and stringing them together allows for richer interactions. Itâ€™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.â€
But this should not be seen as a harbinger of a tablet-only version of Ubuntu. Shuttleworth made this very clear in an interview with ComputerWorld’s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.