Enable tapping by default

Mattias Ellert mattias.ellert at fysast.uu.se
Tue Nov 18 05:50:53 UTC 2014

tis 2014-11-18 klockan 00:16 +0200 skrev Nikos Roussos:
> On 11/18/2014 12:12 AM, Peter Hutterer wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 02:27:53PM +0300, Mustafa Muhammad wrote:
> >> Hi, I am testing Fedora 21 beta and -like all previous versions- click
> >> by tapping is off by default.
> >> Several bug reports concerning this were closed as NOTABUG, but
> >> tapping is useful for us (people who use it), I don't think it bothers
> >> the others that much, and is on by default in most operating systems
> >> and Linux distributions.
> >>
> >> What can we do to make this happen?
> > 
> > This comes up every couple of versions, so here is the reasoning for
> > disabled by default:
> > 
> > * if you don't know that tapping is a thing (or enabled by default), you get
> >   spurious button events that make the desktop feel buggy.
> > * if you do know what tapping is and you want it, you usually know where to
> >   enable it, or at least you can search for it.
> Well, in practice most users just think it's broken.
> You forgot one case though.
> * If you know what tapping is and you don't want it (enabled by
> default), you know where to go to disable it.

Even if you know that this weird "feature" exists, it will take you
hours to disable it, since while you are trying to find your way through
setting and control panels you will get tons and tons of random clicks
that open random windows that needs to be closed and change random
settings that you need to reset. And while you try to do this you get
even more random clicks that open new windows and change other stuff.

Leaving this off by default is sane.


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