It would be nice to have a GUI app to manage fingerprint reader on Solus.
I'm interested because I bought a laptop with a fingerprint reader, I think @ikey too
This package relies on fprind as a dependency for installation. Getting this software working ahead of the fprintd wouldn't make much sense, as fingerprint-gui wouldn't install, nor could it function without all of it's dependencies installed.
Would like to have this feature as well. Using ThinkpadT450:
count0@solus /tmp $ lsusb | grep -i fing Bus 002 Device 002: ID 138a:0017 Validity Sensors, Inc. VFS 5011 fingerprint sensor count0@solus /tmp $
Maybe adding the fingerprinting deamon as a build dep for the control center? Otherwise one could probably contact the maintainer of the controll center on Fedora.
Here is a link to the package: https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/gnome-control-center/overview/
I had looked for more but I did not find this topic.
I even opened a topic (https://dev.getsol.us/T8839)
I have a ThinkPad x220 and I need this functionality.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 147e: 2016 Upek Biometric Touchchip / Touchstrip Fingerprint Sensor
How does development work? How is the addition of this functionality done?
I would argue against actually adding this to the repository. This project has been dead for a couple years and from what I can tell no one has actually stepped up to maintaining the code base or make a new fingerprint manager application.
Arch Linux seems to be having problems building it lately (see comments) because of it no longer being compatible with fprintd that handles the fingerprint support.
In the meantime you could probably try installing fprintd (sudo eopkg it fprintd) and use the console commands for it. I am trying to figure out how I can get the fingerprint support in gnome settings to work.
So, I use other distros, one of them is mint based on ubuntu / debian and fingerprintgui and fprind with libpam works perfectly. The fprintd is simple to install on the Solus as you mentioned, however the difficulty is in activating to make authentication.
Firstly, that it works now does not mean that it will work in the future. Old software that do not get updated will break at some point and constantly patching them to work is a huge pain.
Secondly, the latest version of Ubuntu was released roughly six months ago and the fprintd release that breaks this app was (according to arch) released just a couple weeks ago.