Review of Linux Compatibility
The Apple Magic Trackpad is also supported by Linux. Two finger guestures like scolling, tap to click and middle click as three fingure guesture are supported since Linux kernel version 2.6.35 by the X.org driver “synaptics”. The touchpad is recognized automatically since Ubuntu 11.10 and multitouch gestures are supported.
Furthermore, it is possible to configure theb behaviour of multitouch guestures by the tool Ginn. Ginn can be installed under Ubuntu by:
sudo apt-get install ginn
Its configuration is stored in the file /etc/ginn/wishes.xml. A pre-configured setup file adapted to the Apple Magic Trackpadis available for download and has to be exchanged with the default one:
sudo mv ~/wishes.xml /etc/ginn/wishes.xml
By executing the program
the multitouch support is activated.
To pair the trackpad with the PC the PIN “0000″ has to be entered. Further details for the configuration of this Bluetooth-touchpads with a Linux system can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Multitouch/AppleMagicTrackpad.
One can identify the touchpad by the lsinput comand, which shows the followin output:
/dev/input/event7 bustype : BUS_BLUETOOTH vendor : 0x5ac product : 0x30e version : 352 name : "Apple Wireless Trackpad" phys : "XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX" uniq : "XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX" bits ev : EV_SYN EV_KEY EV_REL EV_MSC
The initialization of the touchpad by the kernel produces the following log file entries:
Bluetooth: HIDP (Human Interface Emulation) ver 1.2 input: Apple Wireless Trackpad as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:04.0/usb2/2-6/2-6:1.0/bluetooth/hci0/hci0:42/input7 generic-bluetooth 0005:05AC:030E.0005: input,hidraw4: BLUETOOTH HID v1.60 Mouse [Apple Wireless Trackpad] on 00:11:22:33:44:55