Multitouch is landing in Ubuntu's upcoming 10.10 release, with a particular eye on Unity, the netbook-optimized flavor of the popular Linux distribution. The new features are expected to eventually support a variety of touch devices, including Apple's Magic Trackpad.

Canonical, Ubuntu's corporate parent, has already developed a software framework called uTouch, aimed at simplifying the implementation of gestures. But initial touch functionality in 10.10 will be minimal at best, so much work remains to be done in the course of making the Linux landscape touch-friendly—a task Ubuntu and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth hopes 3rd party programmers will take care of. "It would be awesome to have touch-aware versions of all the major apps-browser, email, file management, chat, photo management and media playback-for 11.04," Shuttleworth conceded. "But that depends on you!" [Ars Technica]