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Weekend project: Zap Your Coworkers' Minds with Multi-Pointer X

Feb 04, 2012, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

"What, you don't have a spare mouse? There a good chance you do have a second pointing device, though — even if it's a mouse and the built-in trackpad on your laptop. But this process will work for any pointing hardware recognized by X, including a trackball and a mouse, or even a mouse and a pen tablet.

To X, they are all the same. You will need to ensure that you are running the X.org X server 1.7 or later to use the feature in questions, Multi-Pointer X (MPX). You almost certainly already are — X.org 1.7 was finalized in 2009, and all mainstream distributions follow X.org closely. Bring up your distribution's package manager and install the libxi and libxcursor development packages as well; they will come in handy later.

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