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, 2013 at 7:25
  • Cool, I appreciate that :) Do you think that it is something that cam be modified in any way?
    – Viktor
    Sep 2, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2014 at 15:44
  • yes, it is extremely annoying. I have reverted to OSX until some fix/hack is available
    – Viktor
    Jun 21, 2014 at 16:22

1 Answer 1


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, 2016 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, 2016 at 7:03

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