Here is how to configure easily your Thinkpad fingerprint reader under Ubuntu Karmic, using ThinkFinger.
Install the thinkfinger-tools (for acquiring/verifying) and libpam-thinkfinger (for PAM integration):
sudo aptitude install thinkfinger-tools libpam-thinkfinger
Then you can test acquisition/verification. As a user, issue the commands:
tf-tool --acquire # swipe 3 times your finger tf-tool --verify # swipe your finger, then another finger...
Note: tf-tools should work without being root if the user belongs to the plugdev group.
Then plug the reader to PAM as explained in
Now restart your system and try swiping your finger in place of typing the password. A “Password or swipe finger:” prompt displays to authenticate you at GDM login and when you type “sudo”.
- Test several programs in the Administration menu. “swipe finger” is not always showed but should work though.
- To my knowing, it doesn’t work when locking screen (gnome-screensaver).