As part of my fprint fingerprint scanning on Linux efforts, I have completed a new driver for a popular bit of hardware that has been unsupported on Linux until now: the UPEK TouchStrip sensor-only variant with USB ID 147e:2016.
We have already supported another variant including a biometric co-processor for some time now, but in the absence of the co-processor, the sensor-only variant required a completely different driver. Support for the sensor-only devices is a significant step forward as this hardware can be found in a lot of laptops. I’ve already received some success reports – thanks!
The driver is only available in libfprint development repositories (not any released versions). System76 have created an installation guide which may be useful for keen users.