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Fingerprint GUI - Authorization using fingerprint scanner on Linux Mint

With the application Fingerprint GUI you can configure authorization using the fingerprint scanner. Configuring the application is quite flexible, and the interface is completely intuitive.

 

Unfortunately, manufacturers of fingerprint scanners still pay little attention to the Linux system and deprived of their software support. However, thanks to independent developers, we can use many of these devices under Linux. This is possible thanks to a set of Fingerprint GUI.

 

Installation into Linux Mint:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint-gui
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libbsapi policykit-1-fingerprint-gui fingerprint-gui

After installation launch Fingerprint GUI and enrol your fingerprints.
That should be all you need to do!
Try locking your screen, logging out and in, sudo in terminal and running graphical apps requiring root privileges.

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Uninstallation:

GNOME users: The package policykit-1-fingerprint-gui replaces GNOME's standard PolicyKit daemon (contained in package policykit-1-gnome). However, when you decide to uninstall Fingerprint GUI (and hence remove policykit-1-fingerprint-gui), policykit-1-gnome will not get automatically installed back, hence there won't be any PolicyKit daemon in the system, and APT will try to remove all the packages that depend on it. Therefore, if you want to remove Fingerprint GUI, make sure you install policykit-1-gnome back first.

sudo apt-get install policykit-1-gnome
sudo apt-get remove fingerprint-gui

KDE SC users: The above instructions for GNOME users apply to you as well, just replace “policykit-1-gnome” by “polkit-kde-1” throughout the text.

 

[quote]Note for KDE SC users
Please note that Fingerprint GUI doesn't work with kdm and kscreensaver because of a bug in these applications (see https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=105631).

Note for Lubuntu users
lxdm does not properly support alternative authentication methods in the PAM stack. If you want to use fingerprint-gui with Lubuntu, you should install lightdm and lightdm-gtk-greeter.[/quote] 

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Mike Weeg
Mike Weeg 30 April 2017 17:28
Worked flawlessly. Ancient Toshiba Satellite that shipped with XP Media Center, 32bit Centrino Duo, STMicroElectronics (0x483) Fingerprint Reader (0x2016).
Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon

Even works on initial login
Thanks
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