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wacom graphic tablet setup under linux

There isn't much you need to do to setup your wacom under linux with recent distributions as they all have wacom support in the kernel. I'm currently running kubuntu 6.10 (kernel 2.6.17) and when I plugged my wacom (Wacom Graphire 4 series, size 6x8) into my laptops USB port the kernel detected the device and I could instantly control the cursor with it:

Mar  9 20:10:11 threat kernel: [17205921.996000] usb 4-3.4: USB disconnect, address 6
Mar  9 20:10:14 threat kernel: [17205924.756000] usb 4-3.4: new low speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 7
Mar  9 20:10:14 threat kernel: [17205924.852000] usb 4-3.4: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
Mar  9 20:10:14 threat kernel: [17205924.852000] input: Wacom Graphire4 6x8 as /class/input/input8

Some small issues appeared however: the active space of the wacom didn't cover the entire screen and it was not listed in GIMP. This is because of a wrong entry in /etc/X11/xorg.conf under Kubuntu 6.10. You need to change /dev/wacom to /dev/input/wacom in that file and restart X11 (or your computer), then everything works fine.

Note that the wacom has three device entries in the xorg.xonf: one for the stylus, one for the cursor (tip of the pen), one for the eraser (other side of the pen). Adapt all of them as mentioned above.

I included the relevant parts of my xorg.conf below for reference.

##### part of /etc/X11/xorg.conf starts here ######

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver        "wacom"
  Identifier    "stylus"
  Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/wacom"
  Option        "Type"          "stylus"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver        "wacom"
  Identifier    "eraser"
  Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/wacom"
  Option        "Type"          "eraser"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
  Driver        "wacom"
  Identifier    "cursor"
  Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/wacom"
  Option        "Type"          "cursor"
EndSection

##### part of /etc/X11/xorg.conf ends here ######

Enjoy!


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