The goal of the project is making fingerprint readers as easy as possible to use for authentication (primary or secondary).
See the use cases in the whiteboard.
- Name: JosePlans, BastienNocera
- Targeted release:
- Last updated: 2008-06-01
- Percentage of completion: 25% (planning)
More details on the current status (as of writing, 2008-06-01) are available in Daniel Drake's project report .
Most of the applications of fprint would need fprintd, which requires: libusb-1.0 (async design, not compatible with 0.1, packaged as
libusb1 in Rawhide), and the async branch of libfprint.
Currently, using Fingerprint readers is a bit of a pain, and installing/using fprint and its pam module take more time than should ever be necessary.
Benefit to Fedora
Better Out-of-the-box experience for systems with fingerprint readers.
Better integration would mean
- Having a D-Bus service that's a HAL singleton for handling reading/using the fingerprint reader. Potential API (BastienNocera, API needs loads of work). (snipped)
- Most of the API is already implemented in fprintd, the D-Bus daemon. It uses service activation instead of being a HAL singleton. Identification parts of the API are missing.
- The PAM module would use the Verify method provided over D-Bus to authenticate users, and will be added to the default configuration.
- gnome-about-me would use the Acquire method to write a new fingerprint data file for the specified user.
- gnome-screensaver would be able to use finger scans to unlock the desktop
- Any other dialog presented to the user for authentication would be able to use finger scans
- The create-user dialog in firstboot or its replacement could offer to enroll the new user
- Person installs a laptop/desktop system with a fingerprint-reader that's supported by fprint
- Person sets their fingerprint in gnome-about-me or in the user creation firstboot module
- Person can log in using their fingerprint
- Changed backend library from thinkfinger to fprint , after discussion with the maintainers of those two modules.
- libusb 1.0 (async design, not libusb 0.1 already available in the distribution)
- async support in libfprint (see above)
Not installing the packages by default.