I have 2 finger scrolling working, and the three finger window movement works great, but something thats really bothering me is that I can't rest my thumb on the bottom of the trackpad like I can in osx. Is there anything I can do to make this work?


Ubuntu 11.10 doesn't support proper detection of trackpads for macbook pros (I'm assuming it's an integrated button trackpad). This is changing in 12.04. However, for the time being I would recommend using this driver:


(Thanks to C S for pointing out it's in the repos) Install the driver: xserver-xorg-input-mtrack Install xserver-xorg-input-mtrack

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-mtrack

Add this to your xorg.conf file after installing the driver:

Section "InputClass"
    MatchIsTouchpad "on"
    Identifier      "Touchpads"
    Driver          "mtrack"
    Option         "IgnorePalm" "true" EndSection

Restart your xserver (or computer) when finished. There are other fun options, take a look at the github page for more.

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  • Alternatively, type at the terminal sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-mtrack – Chan-Ho Suh Feb 17 '12 at 22:32
  • ohh cool did this finally make it into the archives? :-) I'm guessing so. – balloons Feb 17 '12 at 22:47
  • thanks so much for your help! I'm very excited for 12.04 in this case! – Wilfred Feb 17 '12 at 22:57
  • How do I add that to my repos? Ben – user46993 Feb 18 '12 at 22:12
  • Oh man, I want to use this driver so badly, but the speed is just so off. If it becomes official in 12.04, I really hope that it gets tweaked to be as nice as the default one in 11.10, just with the added bonus of being able to use my thumb. – zookalicious Feb 18 '12 at 22:39

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