I was talking to a friend who owns a Mac. He has his set up so that when he swipes three fingers across his touchpad, it moves to the workspace in that direction. Is it possible to set this up in ubuntu?
Your touchpad (hardware) needs to support this feature and you then may need to configure your touchpad (Ubuntu automatically recognizes and enables some hardware).
One common drier is synaptic. You can enable two finger scrolling from the mouse and touchpad section in the control panel.
If you wish additional options you will need to manually edit a few configuration files and the options are hardware dependent.
There is a debugging page here:
Take a look at that page, if you can identify your hardware we can perhaps give you more specific assistance.
An example of hardware specific guides: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Multitouch/AppleMagicTrackpad
You can also take a look at "easystroke"
Here is a demo of easystroke in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CagAEgXAAzA
How to change workspaces using touchpad gestures in ubuntu
Complete tutorial using touchegg, easystroke is better to be used with mouse rather than touchpad.
In case you are using unity you may experience some conflicts with build-in gestures. The tutorial I gained information from deals with this issue (please see the link below). I didn't have any build in gestures, so this how-to provides only information how to set up things.
1) download touchegg:
2) run it, but kill just after that, it will create a file
3) open it in an editor you desire and add those three lines below into the name="All" section
4) run touchegg to try it out
5) edit the config file as you wish and then add touchegg to the list of startup applications
The tutorial I mentioned can be found here - there some things out of date (you don't have to compile it). Anyway thx to the creator!