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Link of the day, courtesy of Erik: Sidetrack, an alternate driver for the Powerbook's trackpad that enables areas of it to serve as scrollwheels.

Very cool. Particularly when considering that up to now achieving this was considered downright impossible by people who know the matter and cooked up uControl. Kudos for finding the right tweaks to make it work.

I am wondering whether this is one of the advantages of having an open source kernel in the OS. Could this have been achieved without knowing how Apple did their trackpad driver?

I thought the idea to let the user use tapping the trackpad for normal mouse clicks and the normal key for context clicks is quite cool. Unfortunately it doesn't work for me as I tend to use the normal trackpad key for extended drag and drop operations. I wonder, whether the context click can be implemented on a special area of the trackpad. I should probably ask the developer.

September 22, 2003, 21:55


Comment by brian w: User icon

Have you been running the Sidetrack driver? I downloaded it but haven’t installed it; I’m a bit afraid of the “MAY CAUSE KERNEL PANICS” warnings.

September 22, 2003, 23:00

Comment by ssp: User icon

I did install it and it runs just fine so far.

The manual tells you how to deactive and uninstall it, should the need arise.

No risk, no fun…

September 23, 2003, 22:01

Comment by Nevyn: User icon

I haven’t had a single kernel panic, or a single problem at all, actually. Don’t worry about the KERNEL PANIC WARNINGS!!!! ;)

September 24, 2003, 22:15

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