I got nice laptop with a touchscreen (HP Envy TM m7). It came pre-installed with Windows 8 and I promptly put Ubuntu on it. Due to some issues, 13.04 wouldn't work so I went with the 12.04.02 LTS instead.

The touchscreen worked out of the box when it comes to clicking, but I wonder if there is a way to add more tablet-like gestures such as 2-finger pinch zooming, or scrolling with a one-finger swipe, or cycling through open applications by swiping from the screen edge etc.

Google results are in most cases only concerned with touchpad gestures.

Here is the weird thing: Two-finger gestures work on the touchpad (e.g. the two-finger scrolling) and can be changed in the "Mouse and Touchpad" panel. Three-finger gestures such as pinch to maximize or Four-finger tap to open dash do only work on the touchscreen.

What I cannot seem to configure is two-finger scrolling on the touchscreen, as there is in general no settings panel for the touchscreen.

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    You can try this program: easystroke. It lets you define custom gestures. Also, have a look at this: Ginn, install it from here
    – kiri
    Sep 6, 2013 at 21:37

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You can install packages like Easystroke & Ginn for it to work.

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    Could you possibly elaborate how those packages should be used to enable touchscreen scrolling?
    – Ants Aasma
    Feb 28, 2014 at 19:38
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    Easystroke is a gesture-recognition application for X11. I tried ginn, but it cannot load: error subscribing to gestures. I heard for ginn, there is only one way - remove guesture support from unity sources, recompile, disable unity updates and install ginn/touchegg.
    – rubo77
    Jun 20, 2014 at 19:18

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