onboard not clickable/working on lock screen

Bug #1301070 reported by MoGa
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
onboard (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Description: Ubuntu Trusty Tahr (development branch)
Release: 14.04

  Installed: 1.0.0-0ubuntu2
  Candidate: 1.0.0-0ubuntu2
  Version table:
 *** 1.0.0-0ubuntu2 0
        500 http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Expected to happen:

When screen is locked, user should be able to use the onboard if onboard is active.

What happened instead:

To produce the bug:
enable onboard.
enable onboard floating icon
Lock the screen to see login screen
Result is a floating icon with no ability to use it.

This prevents computers with touch screen only from login in unless they use actual keyboard.

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tags: added: bot-comment
tags: added: trusty
affects: ubuntu → onboard (Ubuntu)
summary: - onboard not clickable/working on login screen
+ onboard not clickable/working on lock screen
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Boynux (boynux) wrote :

I confirm this bug, Unity lock screen does not allow onboard virtual keyboard to work. I'm using 14.04 realsed with latest updates.

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benjou (benoit-kornmann) wrote :

Same problem here. Ubuntu 14.04 freshly intslled on a lenovo yoga 2 pro with touchscreen.

Not being able to log in with onboard keyboard makes the tablet experience useless.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in onboard (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Espen Arnesen (espen77) wrote :

it seems it is there, just not visible. i can get inputs to password field when i press some places on the screen.

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marmuta (marmuta) wrote :

Espen, do you have the screen keyboard setting enabled?
System settings -> Universal Access -> Typing -> On Screen Keyboard

There are two lock screens since Ubuntu 14.04, IIRC, and that switch toggles between them. If it's 'on' you should get the old lock screen that has Onboard embedded.

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Leonard Sitongia (sitongia) wrote :

I am also having the trouble of not getting the onboard keyboard in the lock screen. I do have the toggle set to show it then. It appears that the keyboard is up, but it is invisible "behind" the lock screen. The reason I say this is that, when I unlock the screen with a physical USB keyboard, the onboard keyboard is briefly visible on the screen, then it disappears.
Thank you for your help.

Linux Mint 17.3, Xfce, HP Slate 500

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Leonard Sitongia (sitongia) wrote :

p.s. the release is 1.0.1-0ubuntu1
(latest from Software Manager. Sorry, I haven't been able to install it from the download here because it leads to trouble installing distutils which leads to trouble with setuptools, so I gave up...)

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Leonard Sitongia (sitongia) wrote :

(sorry to keep adding to this, but I want to communicate that I also tried adding the PPA from the README, but that doesn't work either, due to not supporting trusty, which I haven't been able to resolve from searching the web for answers...)

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Francesco Fumanti (frafu) wrote :

The onboard version you are using is a bit outdated. The last onboard release available in our stable PPA:

It is weird that you don't see the trusty package, as it is also available in the PPA. Perhaps, you can get the debs directly from here:

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erfiuma (alfcorp) wrote :


i'm sorry but i have the same problem on ubuntu 16.04.
before to add the ppa that you suggest to leaonard, onboard was appearning on the lock screen, but was unusable, (like a glass on).
After add the bux fixing ppa, is not even show the keyboard anymore, just the button to show it, but unusable as well (like a glass on)

can you please help me to solved it? is the last step to have a really nice and usefull convertible notebook-tablet

thank you in advance! :-)

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