Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 805686
Please change from kcm_touchpad to synaptiks
Last modified: 2012-03-22 00:38:26 EDT
kcm_touchpad hasn't been in development for almost two years, so many distros have switched to the more actively developed synaptiks package. It supports all the features of kcm_touchpad and more.
Other distro pages:
- Notice name of source package in the right sidebar
- Name of package in synaptiks in sidebar
- The repository does not contain kcm_touchpad anymore, just synaptiks
- Mageia includes both, but from the timestamps, it's easy to see that synaptiks is updated more often
The homepage of synaptics is here: http://synaptiks.lunaryorn.de/en/0.8.1/index.html
I can make a spec file and an SRPM if needed.
Thanks in advance!
Synaptiks has several design issues, such as being written in Python and using a system tray icon (also written in Python) for things which would be better as a GUI-less service. As a result, it means a Python service (and with it, the Python interpreter) is running in the background all the time (I know there's also the printer-applet, but we're planning to finally move away from that one to a C++ alternative), and displaying an unwanted system tray icon.
There's an older version of Synaptiks which does not have these issues (it was written in C++ and the service was a GUI-less kded4 service), but it's been dead for almost as long as kcm_touchpad.
So feel free to package Synaptiks and get it through the Fedora review process, but I'm opposed to making it the default, and I'm also not interested in maintaining it.
Ahh...I see. In that case, I also don't agree to make it default. I'll package Synaptiks, though, and try to get it in the repositories.
Thanks for the reply!