Digging around the Web this week, I rounded up three pretty cool things that Linux users might want to check out.

Gesture-based touchpad for Linux

First, if you’re thinking about mobile devices, you might be interested in the news that Synaptics has ported its gesture-based touchpads to Linux. Network World blogger Julie Bort reports that although “it is encouraging that the Linux device market has matured to the point where companies like Synaptics are now trying to woo it,” the Gesture Suite for Linux is not itself open source and Synaptics doesn’t seem poised to contribute anything to the Linux kernel. As of right now, the software will work with Fedora, Millos Linpus, Red Flag, SLED 11 (SuSE), Ubuntu, and Xandros, and it is being made available for free to OEMs who buy Synaptics’ Touchpad or Clickpad products.

Desktop eye candy

Tech Drive-in is demonstrating the creativity of some Linux users by showing off some of the desktop customizations that are possible. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the set of 15 designs like the one below, submitted by user Hadret:


Last, a post from Jun Auza at TechSource recommends Minitube’s Youtube desktop-client for Linux that allows you to “watch YouTube videos in high-definition format without opening a web browser or without having the need to install Flash Player.” See some screenshots and get more details from Auza, who also shows you how to get the package for  Gentoo, ArchLinux, OpenSUSE, Debian, and Slackware.