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    Does openSuse support biometrics?
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    What you're asking about is a _very_ wide question - if you want biometric (such as fingerprint) identification, then yes you can make it work with certain devices such as those found on Lenovo laptops (fingerprint + gui).

    It'll need some manual work on openSUSE and if you ask me, it's not really a very useful security concept - on any OS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miuku View Post
    and if you ask me, it's not really a very useful security concept - on any OS.
    If I may ask, what is the best security concept. I already do strong passwords. I'm just looking for shortcut.

    In all honesty, I want that optical scanner off of StarTrek, but I'm certain I can't afford that.
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    On Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:26:01 +0000, mike7757 wrote:

    > Does openSuse support biometrics?


    As Miuku said, that's a very broad question - like asking "does openSUSE
    support flash drives".

    Anything that can be plugged into PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules)
    should be able to be used. I've fiddled a little bit with using RSA
    SecurID tokens (not biometrics, but similar principles), and while that
    took some work to get going (because there's no pre-packaged solution for
    Linux in general, that I found), it was possible to get it working.

    So yes, there is support for biometrics. Even (as I recall) for some
    specific fingerprint readers.

    If it will support your biometric device or not is a different matter.

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    Is it possible to determine what package might be needed for my APC fingerprint reader. Or do I need to begin installing until something works.
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    On Tue 23 Dec 2014 03:16:01 AM CST, mike7757 wrote:


    Is it possible to determine what package might be needed for my APC
    fingerprint reader. Or do I need to begin installing until something
    works.


    Hi
    The AES3500 seems to be a dead device.....?
    http://ww2.cs.fsu.edu/~micsmith/devices/index.html
    http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Soft...orted_devices/

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    The AES3500 seems to be a dead device.....?
    http://ww2.cs.fsu.edu/~micsmith/devices/index.html
    http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Soft...orted_devices/

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    I hate wasting perfectly good devices. I wish someone could do something with the drivers.

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    Default Re: biometrics

    On Tue, 23 Dec 2014 03:16:01 +0000, mike7757 wrote:

    > Is it possible to determine what package might be needed for my APC
    > fingerprint reader. Or do I need to begin installing until something
    > works.


    I would start with the output of lsusb and/or lspci, depending on how the
    device is connected to the system.

    Then search on the vendor/device ID values (assuming USB) and go from
    there.

    That's the beauty of Linux - no need to guess.

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    Default Re: biometrics

    Quote Originally Posted by mike7757 View Post
    Is it possible to determine what package might be needed for my APC fingerprint reader. Or do I need to begin installing until something works.
    As others have noted,
    If the device's software supports PAM, then it's supported.

    But, as you might expect most device software is designed to access Windows through its security API.

    I would expect the most direct approach is to email the manufacturer of any device you consider.
    If you simply investigate lsusb or lspci support (depending on how your device is installed), all you'll get is possible hardware support. I don't know if that's sufficient, usually you need software to train recognition(don't know if any freeware can do that). In other words, you need to make sure an entire supporting ecosystem exists for your chosen device.

    But, it does exist.
    For example, I am currently working on a fairly well known project that uses the Xbox kinect sensor. Although as expected most of the easy and early development is using the Windows API, a Linux API also exists, so it's possible to code a Linux app that can access the kinect.

    TSU

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