Standard features for TabletPC's integrated in (K)Ubuntu

Registered by Graham "Ferret" Alan Simpson on 2008-01-09

Many people now own TabletPC's, UMPC's or "penabled" desktops. Ubuntu has packages in it's repository, and there are also externally available applications that enable reasonable use with Tabletpc's. That said, the key issue on almost all Unix OS's is present on Ubuntu - On screen keyboard for security. There is also no on-screen-keyboard under Ubuntu, and under Kubuntu the keyboard malfunctions. (Single click on a key inputs multiple times.)

Suggestion: A simple applet/application/package is created that depends on standard TabletPC programs. Jarnal (Java Notetaking program similar to Xournal) and Cellwriter (Excellent handwriting recognition tool, the precompiled Debian package works perfectly on (K)Ubuntu) are added to the repositories, and the TabletPC install package (Depending on the other programs) adds lines to relevant login manager configuration files to enable the on-screen keyboard of choice (Debconf to make the selection?)

Finally, the default screen-lockers need support for the same on screen keyboard to be used.

On screen keyboards:
xvkbd (In repository)
Kvkbd (In repository, bugged)
cellwriter (Can operate in keyboard-only mode, and provides the most comfortable on screen keyboard use.)

Note taking programs:
Xournal (GTK, full xinput wacom support.)
jarnal (Java, multiplatform, screen-resolution only but has network features.)
Gournal (For most use inferior to Xournal. Slightly different GUI.)

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