I was so psyched by your #172 article "Distros for x86 tablets" that I bought an Acer Iconia W500.
I tried OpenSuse, with KDE first. Not bad, but somehow lacking. Unity, which I had not used before, was maddening. It had more accessibility extensions than OpenSuse, but when I tried fiddling with them the whole user interface went crazy. After this happened three times, I abandoned Unity.
I am very impressed with Mint 14 Mate. I have gotten nearly everything working extremely well, including a virtual keyboard at the login screen. I'm still vexed by one problem: how to generate a right-click on a touchscreen.
You may not notice how many functions in a modern GUI are dependent on the right-click, until you try to operate without one. Many things become impossible, including downloading files in Firefox.
What I would like to do is map the "Windows" button on the face of my Iconia W500 so that it simulates a right-click. The button doesn't seem to be used for anything else, and it would be very handy to be able to position my onscreen cursor, then click the Windows button to simulate a right-click.
After extensive searching online, I've gotten close, but I'm not there yet. I found a program called XBindKeys which will assign a command to a given key-sequence or mouse-click. What I need is a program which, when run, will simulate a mouse-right-click. Then, using XBindKeys, call that program with a keypress. I also need to know how the Windows button can be referenced in XBindKeys.
Does this seem like a viable workaround? Do you know of a program which can simulate a mouse-right-click? Does anyone have a better solution? I can't be the only tablet owner missing the right-click.
Thanks so much.