synaptiks – KDE touchpad management

Sebastian Wiesner basti.wiesner at
Thu Feb 25 14:11:24 GMT 2010

On Thursday 25 February 2010 11:07:50 John Layt wrote
> […]
> My one question is how does this compare to kcm_touchpad which the kubuntu
> guys use (  Which
> is more mature, which has better features, which has a better
> architecture, which has better usability, etc?  Could the projects be
> merged?

synaptiks and kcm_touchpad had different aims in the beginning.  I wrote 
synaptiks as touchpad management tool to automatically switch my touchpad off 
in certain situations, not as touchpad configuration module (personally, I was 
fine with or HAL configuration files for this purpose).  kcm_touchpad 
however wants to provide a configuration module covering all important touchpad 

This is reflected by their features.  kcm_touchpad is most likely far ahead of 
synaptiks in terms of touchpad configuration, and provides much more settings.  
On the other hand it apparently still largely lacks the touchpad management 

I have never used kcm_touchpad and can't say much about its usability and 
features.  But I've looked at it sources, because some time ago, I have 
already been asked to merge by code with kcm_touchpad.  

Both projects use completely different programming styles, and have a largely 
different architecture.  Therefore I don't think, that they can easily be 
merged, at least beyond re-using each others user interface.

Personally, from my of course highly biased point of view, I can't say, that I 
like the source code of kcm_touchpad.  If you wish, I can name reasons for 
this attitude, but I'd rather not like to do so.  Being the author of one of 
the discussed applications, I don't think its fair, if I criticized the other 
application's sources without its author being present to respond and to 
defend his work.

Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters.
                                      (Rosa Luxemburg)
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