I have been struggling with this issue for a while and have done an exhaustive search for answers here and elsewhere before posting this question.
On my Asus X101H, the touchpad is not recognized as a touchpad. I have noticed that this problem does not only occur with my netbook, or Asus netbooks, but a whole host of netbooks.
The devices are identified as "Glidepads". From what I have gathered, it is a kernel issue. And it is up to those working on the kernel to be resolved. However, people making bug reports on this issue have had issues with them being closed without being resolved, etc.
All I want is for this miserable "glidepad" to be disabled while I am typing so it doesn't ruin what I am trying to write. On my notebooks, it works fine. But on netbooks, the only options present are for a mouse.
I tried everyone's suggestion of installing "gpointing...", but that doesn't work even when I choose to "disable touchpad while typing". It has no effect.
Does anyone have a solution for this issue? It affects Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Debian, and Mint (and probably many, many more.)