Touchpad Drivers for My Inspiron 17R

The touchpad on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 17R) didn’t just work automatically.  Thanks to alfc, I found out how to install the driver for it.  The Ask Ubuntu answer is very well explained.

In any regard, here’s what I did…

I downloaded the tar file from here:

I extracted it with:

sudo tar -xf ~/Downloads/psmouse-alps-dst-0.4.tar -C /usr/src/

Then, I installed it with:

sudo bash /usr/src/psmouse-alps-dst-0.4/

After the script finished, I could see the Touchpad tab in the Mouse and Touchpad settings:

Next Step

The next thing I would love to influence is to get this into the mainstream so that the touchpad just works.  I wonder what it would take to get this fixed.  I have tried commenting on this bug post:

Any suggestions on were to go?

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