New Ubuntu OS with multi-touch features?

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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London, Aug 17: Canonical Ltd, company behind the development of the Linux-based operating system Ubuntu, released the uTouch 1.0 multi-touch and gesture API pack to developers.

The company also released API pack to encourage the developers to add the multi-touch and gesture recognition technology into other applications designed for the platform and the upcoming operating system, Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

By this new release Canonical is aiming to encourage developers to incorporate multi-touch capabilities into the new OS. The multi-touch and gesture recognition technology is aimed at desktop and netbook versions of the OS.

"I don't think this is going to be a rarity or an oddity in the traditional laptop or netbook world and on desktop. The gesture stuff is the same, if you are doing a three-finger pan or rotate, the gesture engine can take input from a screen or touchpad," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project.

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