I have a new Gazelle Professional laptop (June 2011) with 11.04 preinstalled and have several usability questions I'm hoping someone my have some suggestions for.
1. My last two Linux laptops were ThinkPads. I am finding it awkward adjusting to the position of the Fn and Ctrl keys, which are reversed compared to a ThinkPad. Is it possible to swap the behavior of the Ctrl and Fn keys? If so, what's the best circa-2011, Gnome-friendly solution to remapping the keys? I have read that ThinkPads now have an option in their BIOS to swap Fn & Ctrl but don't see anything similar in my Gazelle's BIOS. I should mention that I have gone back to using the Gnome 2 desktop rather than Unity.
The remaining questions are all touchpad-related.
2. I'm finding it difficult to type with my trackpad activated. Hovering my thumb/palm even 1-2mm above the trackpad often inadvertently moves the pointer -- even with the Disable touchpad while typing checked. Adjusting the mouse sensitivity seems to have no effect on the trackpad. Is there any way to get more control over the trackpad behavior? How do people deal with this?
3. I like using two-finger scroll with the trackpad but have found it works very erratically (poorly, actually) on my Gazelle trackpad. It seems to help only if I carefully align my two fingertips (the line formed between the two points touching the trackpad needs to be nearly parallel to the keyboard). Problem is, my index finger is quite a bit longer -- the line between the two points is more like a 45-degree angle, unless I rotate my whole had 45 degrees clockwise to compensate. I've never run into this kind of fussiness with a trackpad before (no problems on my large Mac trackpad or my two ThinkPads). Is there any way to make this trackpad behave better? Alternate driver? Magic conf incantations?
4. Shouldn't I be able to tap-tap-drag the touchpad to move windows/files/scroll bars around? This just doesn't work consistently and I often, in exasperation, resort to using the trackpad buttons. The issue seems to be that the drag fails to work if the second tap happens in the same exact spot as the first tap. If I tap-tap in a sort of a glancing/swiping action so the taps are slightly offset, it works -- but even then maybe only 75% of the time, I'd estimate. Sorry to be complaining but every aspect of this trackpad seems really awkward. You just shouldn't have to think about it so hard.
Finally, for future models, I'd like to suggest that a Linux laptop without a middle mouse button is just a bad idea (i.e., having to emulate middle-click by clicking left and right trackpad buttons simultaneously is going to feel alien to many users).
Thanks for any suggestions,