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SeniorGuru
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Message 181 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux

There will not be a driver from the manufacture of the fingerprint reader for Linux based systems. Synaptic (current owner of the reader hardware) has stated several times that it is not interested in supporting Linux based operating systems. As such, there is nothing coming to the market from them in the way of a driver or support base for Linux distros.

Pressuring Lenovo to "make a driver available" is not going to work on a peer to peer forum such as this.

As I have stated in earlier thread postings - the only way to make a company stand up and take notice is to "burn up" the phones with your input.

Not only does it get recorded (so play nice) it is fully documented in their system, and reviewed by Lenovo managers for action.

This forum is for Peer to Peer support, when possible. While Lenovo support agents or authorized persons will drop in to help from time to time, it is not an "official" means to garner support from Lenovo directly.

Again - to get traction on this - get on the phone and file an official complaint.

CB

I do not work for Lenovo, I only provide suggestions based on my personal willingness to help others. All advice and comments are based on my experience, and do not reflect Lenovo policy, terms or conditions.
darthvader42
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Message 182 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux

Please excuse the naive question. I wanted to use patched fprintd  from https://github.com/3v1n0/libfprint. There is the notion of a one-time initialization using Windows.
Is it enough to install a Win 10 VM in virtualbox, configure USB to pass through the fingerprint reader and install the stanard windows 10 device driver. Or are there any more actions required?

Treviño
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Message 183 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux

Yes. If it doesn't work by default, that's enough.

 

Just pass the usb device to the guest system, and Windows will set it up. Not even needed to enroll fingers there, since this driver uses image matching (not the best, but allows to have it to work propely in any scenario)

MiHo2017
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Message 184 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux

Is there any tutorial? I can't figure out how that would work.

giovilux
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Message 185 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux


I've tried the instructions from https://github.com/3v1n0/libfprint.
Thanks a lot tho the authors!
Works perfectly on my ThinkPad-X1-Carbon-4th.
Able to enroll only one one finger with GNOME
dandv
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Message 186 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux

On my X1C 6th gen, I get "No devices found" when I run fprint_demo.
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flesk
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Message 187 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux

I find it a bit difficult to believe that Lenovo didn't not consider their Linux customers before chosing a vendor that have no interest in supporting Linux, seeing as the ThinkPad is by far one of the most popular developer laptops available.

dbao
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Message 188 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux


@flesk wrote:

I find it a bit difficult to believe that Lenovo didn't not consider their Linux customers before chosing a vendor that have no interest in supporting Linux, seeing as the ThinkPad is by far one of the most popular developer laptops available.


Because the Linux friendly vendor "authentec" was aquired by Apple and only makes fingerprint reader for Apple now.

mszs
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Message 189 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux

The instructions on libfprint say "It only works if the device has been initialized with a Windows VirtualBox (sharing USB) guest or with a Windows installation in bare metal". I do not have Windows anywhere (whenever I get a new machine, it's overwritten). Is there a chance to get around this requirement?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Marko

jimis0
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Message 190 of 196

Re: Validity Fingerprint Reader Linux


@CBHedricksAgain - to get traction on this - get on the phone and file an official complaint.

This has not worked for me. Through the official support website, whoever I managed to get in touch with, declared not responsible for such software issues. They pointed me to this forum instead, as the only available channel for such things.

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