Canonical has announced plans to introduce advanced multi-touch features into future releases of the Ubuntu operating system.
The development team is working on a system to turn touch controls into a " language", mixing multiple controls into a single gesture-based system.
"Rather than single magic gestures, we're making it possible for basic gestures to be chained, or composed, into more sophisticated 'sentences'," said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth in a blog post.
"The basic gestures, or 'primitives', are like individual verbs, and stringing them together allows for richer interactions.
"It's not quite the difference between banging rocks together and conducting a symphony orchestra, but it feels like a good step in the right direction."
The multi-touch features will be included in Ubuntu 10.10.10, and Canonical is using the Dell XT2 as a development platform. The ultimate goal is to incorporate touch control into all major applications by the release of version 11.04.
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