Enable tapping by default

Mustafa Muhammad mustafaa.alhamdaani at gmail.com
Tue Nov 18 11:26:27 UTC 2014

On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM, Bastien Nocera <bnocera at redhat.com> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM, Björn Persson <bjorn at rombobjörn.se> wrote:
>> > drago01 <drago01 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >> Things are not black and white there is a "disable touchpad while typing"
>> >> option which would solve your problem while not making the impression that
>> >> something is broken like it is now.
>> >
>> > Possibly, but there is also the risk of accidentally tapping when you
>> > only want to move the pointer but your finger happens to tremble a
>> > little. (That's not about Parkinson's disease. Even to perfectly healthy
>> > people it's difficult to hold absolutely still.)
>> >
>> > Does anyone care to present some evidence showing that this works well
>> > for people in general? Note that I'm not against changing this default.
>> > I'm against changing it based on nothing but a baseless belief that it
>> > won't bother people.
>> I don't want to change this because I believe it doesn't bother
>> people, but because almost every other OS and Linux distribution have
>> it enabled by default,
> No they don't. Specific drivers for specific touchpads for specific hardware
> will have tap-to-click enabled. This is usually because an engineer made the
> decision.

They do, I've used openSUSE, Mageia, Ubuntu, Mint, Windows, Mac OS X, etc.
They all enable it by default, and for a good reason, most users I
worked with ask about this, most people use my laptop ask about it.

>> and when people try to use Fedora and they
>> can't tap to click, they have the impression that this is broken,
>> Linux is bad, can't handle a touchpad right.
> No, they usually figure out that they need to enable tapping.
>> By the way, "Disable touchpad when writing" is enabled by default, so
>> this should not affect typing.
> No, it's not enabled by default.
It is enabled here, I am using F21 KDE beta and "Disable touchpad when
writing" is enabled by default.

> Tap-to-click is disabled because:
> 1) it confuses users who aren't used to tap-to-click, or don't use tap-to-click
> 2) it's especially bad on awful touchpads
> 3) most PC touchpads are awful (or awfully configured)
> Search for "tap-to-click" in the gnome-settings-daemon bugzilla product at
> https://bugzilla.gnome.org for more thorough explanations.
> In short, the default has already been decided upon.
> Cheers
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