Owners of Apple’s new ‘Magic Trackpad’ device will be pleased to hear that Ubuntu 10.10 has gained support for the device, thanks to the work of Canonicals’ Chase Douglas.

Douglas’ work on adding Magic Trackpad functionality to the current Magic Mouse driver in the kernel is available in Ubuntu 10.10 and, if things go to plan, also in the Linux 2.6.37 kernel.

This means users of other distributions will also benefit from this work – which can support up-to 10 finger touch!


Whilst users shouldn’t come to the table expecting a inherently flawless experience when using the multi-touch device, the support it has gained in such a short amount of time is breath taking and thoroughly commendable.

News maverick multitouch