A few days ago we got a nice view in to all the opinions and methods for dealing with tapping and the touchpad in Fedora 10. Today I did an hour of work getting Jesse’s suggestion working. In the end, the minimal ‘xorg.conf’ file was not enough. I spent some time reading through the xorg.conf(5) manual page but could not resolve the syntax error I got when trying to start X with the minimal details. I ended up copying in the ‘xorg.conf’ I saved/used in Fedora 8 and 9. Not a hack I like, especially since it involved removing the hal files, obviousy a retro-action instead of Doing it the Right Way.
As I should have expected, my post brought out the usual detractors of touchpads, those who I call “Fans of the Dipstick.” As it happens, I really dislike the little thimble/dipstick/pointing stick design. I’ve never been able to get it to drive right — my mouse actions look like a four-year-old trying to get the arrow just right to click on a button. But, hey, to each her own, and all that. I appreciate having both choices on my Thinkpad so I can use the dipstick on the rare occasion I am tweaking the touchpad settings. I just wish there was room to put a middle button below the touchpad, but I’m used to the stretch-n-paste by now.
For me, the touchpad is more intuitive, easier to control, and I really dig the side scrolling. The touchpad provides a wider range of motion and interesting possibilities, such as the gestures. But, hey, that’s just me. Keep on stroking your dipstick and disabling your touchpad in BIOS, it’s all good.