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Many laptops today comes with fingerprint readers. I even got it working in openSuSE 11.0, but it was a bit complicated.

Why not enable this feature by default and have it integrated in the "About me" dialog, soo you can scan you finger just like changing password?


icons/user_comment.png M. L. wrote: (9 years ago)

Would this do any harm for machines not having a finger print reader? And in general does our finger print reader support works with the majority of laptops?

icons/user_comment.png . . wrote: (9 years ago)

No, it would be optional. IIRC GDM already supports something like that.

icons/user_comment.png . . wrote: (9 years ago)

It's already in development:



Hopefully it'll be ready for KDE 4.4 and hence openSUSE 11.3. Maybe Lubos can lend a hand there.

icons/user_comment.png V. U. wrote: (8 years ago)

For GNOME, we just need to package fprintd and friends: http://www.reactivated.net/fprint/wiki/Main_Page

icons/user_comment.png S. S. wrote: (3 years ago)

That was implemented and then taken off the distribution again. So I think the code is still there. Fact is; it is unsafe practice, as fingerprint reader are extremely easy to fool. The give a false sense of security.
IMO this feature would make sense in a strategy of two factor authorization. So to log in you need a user Password and the fingerprint. Then for me it would make sense, but only the reader wouldn't.

P.S. I do have one on my laptop but do not use it for unlocking my SED HDD rightly for this reason.

Last change: 3 years ago
Score: 72
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