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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.

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I assumed you meant the Kinect, not the "Kinetic" so edited. Feel free to throw me down a well if that was a bad assumption. – Oli Feb 9 '12 at 14:21
No biggy ^^ buddy. – Luis Alvarado Feb 9 '12 at 14:23
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OpenKinect is probably your best initial bet. They have a bit in their wiki about installing for Ubuntu that I'll summarise below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:floe/libtisch
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libfreenect libfreenect-dev libfreenect-demos
sudo adduser $USER video

Then you can run the freenect-* demos like freenect-glview.

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.

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Thanks Oli. I am trying to do a presentation of Ubuntu using the Kinect controller. – Luis Alvarado Feb 9 '12 at 14:20
There are multiple sub-projects that do similar stuff to that. Here is one: Kinect-Mouse – Oli Feb 9 '12 at 14:28

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