It’s not always easy using an operating system built for desktop and notebook computers on a tablet. That’s one of the reasons the Apple iPad has been such a success — the operating system was built from the ground up for touch navigation. But the folks at Canonical are doing their best to add touch-friendly features to Ubuntu Linux. One of the latest updates? Love Handles.
The name might sound a bit silly, but Love Handles make it much easier to resize or move windows when using Ubuntu on a tablet or other touchscreen device. You can also use Love Handles with a multitouch trackpad.
Basically you trigger the Love Handles and instead of dragging a corner of the window you want to resize, you can tap on the arrows on the top, bottom, left or right, or grab the corner. This lets you expand or shrink the window in any number of ways. You can also tap the center to move the entire window.
Love Handles are a plugin for the Compiz desktop effects.
You can check out Love Handles in action after the break, thanks to a video from OMG Ubuntu.