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I have a HP dv6-3079tx.

One feature I like about it is the fingerprint scanner,

Is there a utility out there that will allow me to swipe my finger whenever I am required to enter my password?

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It depends on the model of the fingerprint scanner in your machine. You'll want to look at either bioapi-linux and pam-bioapi or the fprint project. They seem to have support for different hardware, and only fprint is in the Ubuntu repositories. There are directions as of Jaunty here: HOWTO: Fingerprint reading in Ubuntu with fprint.

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Also, if you own a Lenovo ThinkPad, you might want to look at the corresponding ThinkWiki page for a little bit more device specific information.

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