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hirakendu
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject: Ubuntu touchpad and acpi Reply with quote

I created a modified ebuild for x11-drivers/xf86-input-synaptics that borrows patches from Ubuntu's xserver-xorg-input-synaptics package. And also modified an ebuild from sunrise overlay for sys-power/acpi-support, which consists of "Ubuntu scripts and events for acpid, power management, and vendor-specific laptop configuration", (scripts in /etc/acpi/). Those interested can download and untar this portage overlay archive and use the required ebuilds.

The premise is this. Last year, I took a break from Gentoo to save myself some effort and decided to use Ubuntu, as its apparently the easiest and now pretty much to my taste (easy to make your changes unlike Fedora /Suse and doesn't come in your way/freedom; good defaults, especially user and security policies, stable and tested enough and quite a huge database of packages; and of course the legendary apt). I observed that my laptop touchpad (dell vostro 1400) worked out of box unlike Gentoo and thought it was because of a newer version of Xorg and synaptics, but recently, I got myself a new laptop (Asus g50vt-x6) and when I installed a shiny Gentoo, touchpad support was raw (tapping, scroll etc) unlike in Ubuntu. And also the buttons weren't functioning. And I traced it to Ubuntu-specific changes. And it seems its more than just acpi and hal scripts.

Aside, something small that might interest someone is a gnome-session and gnome-screensaver ebuild that disables the nagging security warning when one logs in as root. (Not going into the risks of logging in as root. Perhaps one can add a use-flag, like the vlc package.) One may also be interested in this hal-policy to revert the gentoo policy that decides not to manage internal hard-drive's partitions. May be Gentoo could become a bit more desktop friendly (and perhaps adding a "desktop" or "out-of-box" use-flag for some packages.)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xorg-server-1.5.3 is likely going stable soon, along with the latest synaptics drivers. If you feel your configuration files enhance things the Gentoo setup, I suggest you submit a bug on bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org) with the attachments and directions on how to use them. If the devs agree, your configuration might make it into the ebuild.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions. I submitted a bug, 263830, and hope it is useful :).
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