I just installed Ubuntu 13.04 on my macbook air. Everything is working great except for one thing. The touchpad behaves slightly different than what it does on the Macbook.

In OSX I can move the mouse event though another finger is touching the surface. IE. if one finger is still and another moves, the mouse moves as normal. This is not the case in ubuntu. The mouse stops moving as soon as the second finger touches the touchpad. This is very annoying because part of my palm or left thumb regularly hits it by accident, stopping the mouse-movement. Not a big issue, but if I could get rid of it, that would be great. Normal 2-finger-scroll works the same way it does on my mac, so it's not because multi-touch isn't working, it seems.

Thanks alot in advance -Viktor

  • You cannot move the mouse with more than one point of contact on the touch pad. This was a design decision made in the xInput layer. I am about to head off so don't have time to further explain but I will post up a few links in the morning. – mdoran3844 Sep 2 '13 at 7:25
  • Cool, I appreciate that :) Do you think that it is something that cam be modified in any way? – Viktor Sep 2 '13 at 7:53
  • I prefer 12.10 for air... Because what I have show on 13.04... There are too much bugs regarding hardware ... Hope 12.10 will solve ur problem... – papseddy Sep 2 '13 at 9:16
  • Hi, I'm having this problem too. Let's hope we can find an answer, this is still the case in Ubuntu 14.04. – element119 Jun 20 '14 at 15:44
  • yes, it is extremely annoying. I have reverted to OSX until some fix/hack is available – Viktor Jun 21 '14 at 16:22

Installing the x86-input-mtrack driver makes the trackpad on my 2012 MacBook Air (Ubuntu 14.04) just as usable as under OS X. It supports resting the thumb/palm on the trackpad while using it, and 3/4-finger swipe gestures.

  • Could you provide a brief guide to install the suggested driver? Doing this will improve your answer. – Danibix Apr 26 '16 at 21:32
  • There are some installation instructions on the github-page. I will try this out next time I run linux on a macbook (I switched to another machine) – Viktor May 12 '16 at 7:03

Your Answer

 

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.