Canonical To Add Multi-Touch To Ubuntu 10.10

Canonical, the outfit behind the development of the Linux-based Ubuntu OS, has released the uTouch 1.0 multi-touch and gesture API pack to developers.

The company is aiming to encourage developers to incorporate multi-touch capabilities into the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

According to The Register, the API pack contains an open source gesture-recognition engine and a gesture API.

Canonical has also released the API pack to encourage the developers to add the multi-touch and gesture recognition technology into other applications designed for the platform as well as the new OS.

The multi-touch and gesture recognition technology is aimed at desktop and netbook versions of the OS, but Canonical claims that it can also be used on tablet devices.

Speaking to The Register, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, said in a statement: “I don't think this is going to be a rarity or an oddity in the traditional laptop or netbook world and on desktop. The gesture stuff is the same — if you are doing a three-finger pan or rotate, the gesture engine can take input from a screen or touchpad.”