Citing manufacturer demand, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said "Ubuntu 10.10 would include the beginnings of the company's UTouch multitouch framework." "Rather than single, magic gestures, we're making it possible for basic gestures to be chained, or composed, into more sophisticated 'sentences,'" he said. "The basic gestures, or primitives, are like individual verbs, and stringing them together allows for richer interactions."
Work on adding multitouch functionality to Ubuntu began with 10.04, and testing was done on Dell XT2, HP tx2 tablets and the Lenovo T410s laptops. That work helped Canonical develop a framework that could be used across a broader range of devices.
"Our aim is to bring the natural, tactile experience of the world to the desktop, window manager, and applications you value," the company wrote in announcing UTouch.