In my last post, Linux: My Mouse Ate My Homework! , I explained how dangerous it is to have a touchpad configuration that isn't finely tuned when you're running Ubuntu on a MacBook. For some reason, I've always been happy with the touchpad configuration under OS X, but I've never managed to set it up just right under Ubuntu. I spent three hours yesterday reading the synaptics man page (which is very well written, but not always helpful) and tweaking the settings. In this post, I'm going to document the settings I came up with. I invite you to submit comments if you've found settings that feel more natural and are less likely to cause inadvertent mayhem. I'd be especially interested if you managed to get palm detection working. First, start by creating /etc/hal/fdi/policy/appletouch.fdi as root: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?> <!-- To learn more about this file: man 4 synaptics Check for updates to this con
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