Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 77842
RFE: add synaptics driver
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:48:25 EDT
The Synaptics Touchpad is used in many notebooks (Dell, Compaq, Sony Vaio etc.)
There's a good driver/config tool for it:
Please include this in a future version.
Hm, perhaps integrate this into redhat-config-mouse somehow?
michael: I'm not sure what you're asking for. Do the Synaptics touchpads work
at all with Linux?
The Synaptics toucpads work fine under Linux. This is an RFE: the Synaptics
TouchPad Driver includes many nice features.
See http://www.mobilix.org/touchpad_driver.html for a summary.
redhat-config-mouse is mainly in the business of modifying the
/etc/sysconfig/mouse and /etc/X11/XF86Config files. It's job isn't really to
provide mouse drivers. I'm going to change the component to 'distribution' to
see if anybody else knows who would need to make the call on this. mharris maybe?
oops, notting. I didn't mean to assign it right back to you. It looks like
this driver wants to be installed in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/input, so I'm
guessing that including the driver is really mharris' call. Changing component
The synaptics driver at the URL above is GPL licensed, which means that it
is not acceptable for inclusion in XFree86 source code base, as all code must
be under an MIT or similar license. It's rather a shame that it was GPL
licensed and not just MIT licensed, otherwise it could have been submitted
to XFree86.org and included directly in X sources.
"This software is made available under the GPL license."
I do not have any synaptics hardware here personally, so I can not test nor
debug any problems with the synaptics driver. If it were to be included,
it would have to be included as a separate RPM package. If someone at
Red Hat has this hardware and is willing to test this driver, and maintain
the driver package, I have no objection to it being added to the distribution.
Defering for future consideration
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 99351 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.