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Old 06-15-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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Newb configuring multiple cursors with MPX. Donating $50 to Ubuntu if you help out!


I'll cut to the chase: I really need multiple cursors up and running on Ubuntu (or Fedora, although I'm using Ubuntu in this post) ASAP! Every forum post I see on this issue seems unresolved, and I'm willing to donate $50 to Ubuntu and write up a nice HowTo on LinuxForums.com to help people out in the future if you guys can help me get this running!

MPX is an addition to the X-Server that allows for multitouch and multiple cursors/users running at once, as shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0iANEFf6WI. There's lots of information out there on Multi-Pointer X (MPX for short, "http://wearables.unisa.edu.au/mpx/") but I'm having some trouble installing the new X-Server as a relative linux newcomer.


MPX has been in development for a long while, and has had stable builds available for quite some time. Peter Hutterer, the creator of MPX, has a blog post here, http://who-t.blogspot.com/2009_05_01_archive.html, that shows how to set up and compile MPX. Simply look at the "my workflow" post, and there might be more information available from his last post from April as well.

Another good resource I've found is this guide to compile and install MPX, http://innovation.csh.rit.edu/mpxhowto.html. While I've found that following the blog post from Peter is much easier in regards to starting the compile, this guide does have a list of dependencies 1/2 way down that should be installed in order to fully compile MPX, very helpful.


So why am I not simply doing it? Simply put, I'm new to Linux and not anywhere near as technically proficient as most of you, and I'm simply getting lost in the install process. I've spent 5+ hours trying to get MPX to compile, and I simply feel that I don't have the capability to get it done

What would be really helpful would be for someone to compile MPX and post it up for other people to install and use. There are many people out there looking to use multiple cursors, but most of them don't have the technical prowess to download/compile/install MPX from the git repositories.


This should be a fairly straight forward process. Download and compile MPX according to the blog post here: http://who-t.blogspot.com/2009_05_01_archive.html, post a link to the compiled MPX code, and give some simple instructions to get it up and running. Of course any help is great to get, and I'm satisfied as long as I get multiple cursors up and running and can replicate the process in order to write a HowTo guide to help others out like me.

Again, $50 to the Ubuntu Foundation if someone helps out. I know it's not a huge donation, but hey, times are tough! I'll be on all day and willing to work with people to answer any questions anyone may have!
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:37 PM   #2
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Does this really need to be posted all over the internet?
 
Old 06-15-2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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Does this really need to be posted all over the internet?
well on 2 forums... I suppose not, sorry for wasting a few pixels on your forum screen
 
Old 06-15-2009, 06:46 PM   #4
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The general convention is to post in one place, and one place only; that way everyone can see every post and not have to cross-check
 
Old 06-15-2009, 06:51 PM   #5
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The general convention is to post in one place, and one place only; that way everyone can see every post and not have to cross-check
Sorry, didn't know cross posting applied to separate forums, won't do it again...

Anyway, any help is still appreciated!
 
Old 07-08-2009, 02:51 PM   #6
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yes!! this is about a month old. so i'm going to resurface it again..
this is basically exactly what i need too! it seems like theres a bunch of people who do! but we just don't know how to get Ubuntu working!
 
  


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