Get the best out of your touchscreen and stylus on Linux.
⚠ Those tweaks were made on Arch Linux, if you are using a different Linux distribution, you might not need some of them or the instructions might be different.
I am really surprised how good GNOME is on touchscreen. Including stylus support.
Thank you GNOME foundation and contributors 🖤.
With a GNOME 3.18 (or newer) based system, orientation changes will automatically be applied when rotating the panel, ambient light will be used to change the screen brightness, and Geoclue will be able to read the compass data to show the direction in Maps.
Additionally GNOME will add an icon to toggle screen rotation in the status.
There seems to be one outdated information.
Slide up from the bottom screen edge.
Opens the virtual keyboard, not the Message Tray.
The default keyboard is pretty good but is too limited for the terminal and applications not fully integrated with the GNOME desktop.
Such as text editing applications lacking support for the awesome GNOME native zoom and text selection.
Somewhere, I found
gsettings set org.gnome.shell.keyboard keyboard-type tablet. Unfortunally this specific value does not seem to do anything. A search in the code does not yield anything.
Update: I sent a merge request to remove the setting.
But I found an extension, Improve Onscreen Keyboard.
- Arrow keys
- Esc + Tab + Ctrl + Alt keys
- F1 to F12 keys (see symbols layer)
- Resizes workspace
Many thanks to the author!
Unfortunally it removes the emoji picker. I'll see if I can send a pull request.
I really enjoy GNOME Web on the touchscreen and the support for Firefox Sync has made using it a pretty seemless experience. However sometimes I need to use Firefox.
Wayland backend improves touchscreen support, at least it fixes GNOME virtual keyboard not showing up on input focus.
The first option also works for
Developer Edition and
Nightly flavors of Firefox.
Unfortunally, even with Wayland/GTK3, Firefox windows are not movable through dragging the tabs bar. On a keyboard it's not an issue as I use keyboard shortcut to move windows around but on touchscreen it prevents me from doing split screen. Go to
about:config and set
By default the density of UI elements is just too small for touchscreen. Fortunally Firefox offers a convenient option to optimize the experience on touchscreen. Go to
about:config and set