- Jun 16, 2016 Many people have been trying to get the new fingerprint reader (by Validity / Synaptic) to run under Linux. However it seems, that there simply is no driver around. I'm talking about the fancy new fingerprint reader found in the current Thinkpad generation (Yoga X1, X1.
- Ubuntu 19.04 » Ubuntu Desktop Guide » Hardware » Fingerprints & smart cards » Log in with a fingerprint. Follow the instructions in the dialog and swipe your finger at a moderate speed over your fingerprint reader. Once the computer has a good record of your fingerprint.
Fingerprint GUI is an application providing fingerprint-based authentication on Linux desktops. It features a simple GUI for fingerprint management and a PAM module. It is based on the libfprint library. It enables recording and checking of fingerprint data and allows login and authentication of users by their fingerprint using a fingerprint.
Supported readers (run command lsusb to find out the ID of your reader)
If you are using distribution other than Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Ubuntu based then you can use source to install it on your system.
To install Fingerprint GUI in Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic/18.04 Bionic/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 19.1/19/18/17/13 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint-gui
sudo apt-get install libbsapi policykit-1-fingerprint-gui fingerprint-gui
I have a Dell laptop with fingerprint reader inbuilt. I just ran
lsusb on terminal and got the following result:
Is it possible to use fingerprint scanning instead of traditional login with 16.04 and Unity ? Thanks.
You need the
fingerprint-gui package, its installation is described at Fingerprint GUI launchpad page and reproduced below:
Add PP and install
fingerprint-guiand other required packages
Log out of your session and log back in.
- Launch “Fingerprint GUI” and enrol your fingerprints.
Please note: I've used fingerprint readers on various laptops before, they are not very reliable so make sure you don't configure it to be the only source of authentication. It's best to add it on top of passwords as well or you may get locked out at some point.
For fingerprint reader
VFS 495 this was not sufficient. Many other things had to be installed in certain ways. Refer to this for a full guide.
Working on 16.04 on HP Probook 450Mina MichaelMina Michael
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