Interactive white boards and Fedora Xorg setup
kdekorte at gmail.com
Sat Jul 3 11:53:30 UTC 2010
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On 07/03/2010 05:10 AM, Rodd Clarkson wrote:
> I regularly use (a variety of) interactive white boards and the single
> biggest frustration is getting the pointer device working so it's
> actually useable.
> Let me give you an example.
> I plug and IWB into my laptop and Fedora configures is as an extension
> to my desktop. This is great because I can drag what I want to appear
> on the IWB and not have to reveal my entire desktop.
> The pointer device in the IWB works and I can use it as a mouse, but
> it's rendered unusable because the mouse acts across the entire desktop
> (both my laptop screen and the IWB).
> Unlike a mouse, these pointer devices move the mouse pointer to where
> you touch the screen. For example, if the IWB is to the right of my
> laptop screen and I touch the right edge of the screen then the mouse
> pointer appears on the right side of my laptop screen, and not where
> I've touched the screen.
> The pointer device included with the IWB needs to be able to be
> configured to do two things:
> 1. Only work as a device for the IWB screen. The mouse shouldn't be
> able to be moved off the screen, only around it.
> 2. Calibrate the pointer so that you can declare the
> top/bottom/left/right of the screen (as where the image falls on the
> pointer device isn't usually at the extremes of the device.)
> Is this possible?
> Does this make sense?
> Is this something that's included in f13 (if it is I can't find it) or
> could it be included as a part of f14. As far as I'm concerned this is
> a huge feature as I'm constantly finding IWB pointer devices are useless
> unless I mirror (and mirroring reveals my desktop and usually squashes
> the icons as the laptop screen has to be sized down and then I have to
> move the icons back).
I've seen those white boards before. One option you might try is to
disable the display on the laptop so that the IWB was the primary
display. But I do like the idea of being able to tie a input device to a
I could see this feature being useful in a normal dual monitor setup as
well.. where you have a mouse that moves on both screens, but a tablet
that is bound to only one screen. Using a tablet on a dual screen setup
is tough because the horizontal is really touchy.
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