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    Default X Input 2 Support Goes Into GTK+ 3.0

    Phoronix: X Input 2 Support Goes Into GTK+ 3.0

    Beyond updates to Clutter, Mutter, GNOME Shell, and various other GNOME applications, there is one very other important change that happened to the GNOME desktop this week. After being around for years, X Input 2 support was finally merged into the GTK+ library for the 3.0 release...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODI4OA

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    Is X Input 2 already in Xorg xserver or it's still on it's roadmap?

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    Does this mean I will be able to bind ANY key combination to anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unimatrix View Post
    Does this mean I will be able to bind ANY key combination to anything?
    No, it means that you can plug four mouses into your computer and they'll all work independently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidhacker View Post
    No, it means that you can plug four mouses into your computer and they'll all work independently.
    Any idea when and how that will be made possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unimatrix View Post
    Any idea when and how that will be made possible?
    Wow! If all the OT posters haven't scared you off…

    Having multiple pointers is already possible with a reasonably up to date distro. (Within a year).

    Use “xinput list” to get a list of all attached input devices. You can refer to these by either their full names, or their ids.

    “xinput create-master” creates a new master pointer. You can attach input devices to that master pointer using “xinput reattach.” Attaching both a keyboard and a mouse to a pointer essentially permits you to enter text in two places at once.

    Lots of interesting stuff emerges, like touch screen / tablet interaction that doesn't interfere with the mouse, but acts in its own distinct fashion.

    Naturally there's a long way to go. This feature started with MPX, and it's making its way through the stack. With support in GTK, it is possible for an application to make use of all the extra information provided by xinput 2, including multiple distinct pointers. Right now, if you use two pointers in the same app, it gets really confused.

    Hopefully, given love and time, we will see distros using the new functionality in smart ways
    This is a spot where Linux has a real chance to innovate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidhacker View Post
    No, it means that you can plug four mouses into your computer and they'll all work independently.
    But I can already do that with the current releases of Ubuntu and Fedora...

    And yes I understand this allows it natively on an application level but I can still have four mice hooked up now and have multiple independent pointers/keyboards and operate multiple programs at once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
    You must be an Emacs user!
    Virtualising operating systems is overrated

    PS: Would love to master emacs though

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    Quote Originally Posted by xeros View Post
    Is X Input 2 already in Xorg xserver or it's still on it's roadmap?
    Your question is answered in the article.

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    why is phoronix ignoring Qt development?

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