Google engineers are working to add Apple Magic Trackpad 2 Linux support to the mainline Linux Kernel.
Although it’s been 3 years since Apple announced the Magic Trackpad 2 Linux users have needed to rely on out-of-tree patches and drivers to use the multi-touch device with desktop Linux distributions like Ubuntu, in both wired and wireless mode.
But not for much longer.
A Google engineer is, first reported by Phoronix, working on a patch that adds Magic Trackpad 2 support to the Linux HID Magic Mouse driver. The code supports both the USB wired and Bluetooth wireless modes.
T 149 lines of code the existing Linux HID Magic Mouse driver into supporting the Magic Trackpad 2 both for the USB wired interface as well as the Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
The Apple Magic Trackpad 2 is a large touchpad with haptic feedback. It was introduced as a follow up to company’s original Magic Trackpad, which got its Linux drivers nice and early, even shipping as part of Ubuntu 10.10.
We recently shone a spotlight on ‘Gestures’, a useful GUI app that lets you customise touchpad gestures on Linux.
That app combined with the $120 Apple Magic Trackpad 2 could make for some very interesting workflows on Linux!
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