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Monday, July 9, 2012

Left-, Right-, and Middle-click on Clickpad

Last time, I have shared to you about how to activate right-click on clickpad by patching and recompiling the source of synaptics, at that time, synaptics version 1.4.0. Pat has upgraded the synaptics in Slackware- or Slackware64-current to version of 1.6.2. When I read the source of synaptics-1.6.2, I found that the click function of clickpad can be performed by clicking the clickpad using one, two, and three finger(s). I set the clickpad configuration for X-server, saved in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/clickpad.conf, as below:

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad"
        Driver "synaptics"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        Option "TapButton1" "1"
        Option "TapButton2" "2"
        Option "TapButton3" "3"
        Option "VertTwoFingerScroll" "on"
        Option "HorizTwoFingerScroll" "on"
        Option "VertEdgeScroll" "on"
        Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "on"

By this configuration, I activate the behavior of click functions, vertical- and horizontal-scroll using two fingers, and also vertical-edge- and horizontal-edge-scroll that are very convinient for me. Click functions on my laptop can be performed such like this:

  • left-click: one-finger's click
  • right-click: two-finger's click
  • middle-click: three-finger's click

Monday, July 2, 2012

Official Release of AMD Catalyst 12.6

Finally, AMD Catalyst 12.6 has been released officially last Thursday (28-JUN-2012). Please note that this version only supports Radeon HD5000 series or newer as stated on AMD website. For HD4000 and older series, it is better if you stick on current driver that you are using now. This unofficial AMD Catalyst's wiki may help you to decide which version you want to install on your computer.

It has been working nicely on my laptop with kernel-3.4.2 and xorg-server-1.12.2 installed since yesterday. For anyone that uses linux kernel 3.4.x, please follow my step that I have written last time: "AMD Catalyst Patch for kernel-3.4.x". I still compile the kernel-3.4.4. This Catalyst driver should be able to work nicely too on it. I will update this post soon after I finish to set up my laptop with this new kernel.

Updated (02-JUL-2012):
  • This Catalyst driver and the patch are working very well on kernel-3.4.4
  • AMD also released the 12.7 beta version at the same day of 12.6 that will improve performance optimizations for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series. You can checkout this link. However, this beta version is not for linux ... :(