This next installment in my first impression using Ubuntu as my daily driver is going to cover first experiences with the terminal and making some tweaks to how I used the system. As soon as I logged into the system I realised there was already a modification I was after. The use of the ThinkPads fingerprint scanner, I was unsure if I would be able to get this to work due to possible lack of drivers or it just generally being unsupported.
At this point I turned to google to see if anyone had a solution and if so how to implement it, this didn’t take long and after scanning through a couple of websites it looked like I wouldn’t have much trouble acquiring the application. But I needed to add the repository to the system using the terminal. At this point having used Ubuntu for about 2 minutes I was a little bit worried about the prospect of using the terminal. After using windows systems for as long as I can remember having to code a terminal to download and install a program seemed like something that could open up the possibility of the system failing.
However this is not the case after finding this website that provided me with the code required to download the application through the terminal it was farther easy. Although tat first I was a little sure on the syntax, it worked with no issues and follows the same format to install just about anything within the terminal.
Once the download and installation had been completed, I was presented with the Fingerprint GUI. It is a very basic application that prompts you to scan your right index finger firs, but once that has been entered you are able to add all ten fingers to the system. After they had been added I decided to log out and give it ago, and was pleasantly surprised by how quick and efficient it was for being an add-on application. And I had just assumed that it would let me login to the system and that would be it, but this isn’t a one trick pony. I was in the terminal again trying to install another application and repository, when I entered the sudo command and was prompted for my password the fingerprint scanner enabled allowing me to authorise sudo commands using the scanner. I felt this was a brilliant feature especially if you use a long password.