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Touchpad multi-touch works on Fedora 25 and Dell XPS 13″

This is probably lame to most of you, but one of my favorite features on a Mac is the ability to swipe with 3 fingers and change virtual desktops. I feel like that for a couple of hours out of each year (for the past 3 or 4 years), I’ve tried to find such a way to do this on Fedora.  I’ve found google entries for touchegg for years and instructions on how to get it working on Ubuntu, but could never find something repeatable/reliable for Fedora. [Note: The link below gives you information on libinput-gestures and touchegg. For now, only libinput-gestures works on Wayland, which is good enough for me.]

Check out: https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/coprs/mhoeher/multitouch/

I followed the directions and it finally works! I have 3 finger swiping working on my Dell XPS 13″ (9350) running on Fedora 25, Gnome + Wayland. I can also ‘pinch’ on the touchpad to get into the Activities screen of Gnome (ie the equivalent of hitting the Windows Key).

The site seems to indicate that the first builds were made over 15 months ago, and maybe they’ve been there all along, and somehow I missed it. Or maybe I haven’t tried to get this working on Fedora in a while, but whichever the reason is… this makes me very very happy! 🙂

Note: Go to libinput-gestures for more details, if needed.

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Fedora 25 on the Raspberry Pi 3


Fedora 25 on Raspberry Pi 3

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been pretty busy at work and at home. So, Fedora 25 has been out for almost a month now. I’ve been running it on my Dell XPS 13″ Developer Edition (9350) w/o any issues, and also on my work laptop, Lenovo T450s. No issues there either.

The new addition to the family has been the release of Fedora 25 for the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3. I have been running Fedora 25 on a Raspberry Pi 3 for a little over a week, and except for some issues with the Display, it has been running OK. I am taking some notes, and I intend to write up a review of it for OpenSource.com in the new year. Stay tuned!

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