I have seen other answers for previous Ubuntu versions that did not solve my problem. For 11.10, what software is available to Install and operate the Kinect controller from the XBox.
OpenKinect is probably your best initial bet. They have a bit in their wiki about installing for Ubuntu that I'll summarise below:
Then you can run the
And if that doesn't work (missing package, etc), you can always go back to the wiki where they have manual installation instructions.
I should point out that this still doesn't really do anything. It's a library for interfacing with the Kinect and a few tech demos. If you want something more specific than what the demos provide, you'll either need to look for different software or you'll need to write something yourself.