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Ubuntu Linux 10.10 Meerkat Poised to Get 'Touchy'

Aug 16, 2010, 23:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"The next version of Ubuntu Linux aims to support for multi-touch as part of an effort to expand the Linux desktop user experience, potentially bringing the sorts of interactivity popularized by devices like the Apple iPad to tablets and netbooks powered by Ubuntu. But the plan isn't to stop with Ubuntu alone, according to the distribution's founder, Mark Shuttleworth.

"Ubuntu 10.10, codenamed "Maverick Meerkat," is currently in development and scheduled to debut officially in October. When it does, it will include the new, open source UTouch framework, which Ubuntu's backers say will offer a type of user experience that's thus far been absent on Linux devices.

""We're very excited about multi-touch as an interaction model and we think open source should be at the cutting edge of interaction design and innovation," Shuttleworth told InternetNews.com. "This is one of the big things that has been missing from the Linux desktop and we're very glad that we can help to make it a reality."

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