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    Using wacom on Ubuntu

    I recently bought a second computer, and I've been trying to get my intuos 3 4x5 to work on it at least halfway decently. It's a sylvania meso g netbook with a netbook remix of [hardy heron?] ubuntu. i do have another computer that the wacom works perfectly fine on, a regular sized laptop. but it would be nice to be able to bring the netbook and the tablet [both are about 8-9 inches in size] around and sketch digitally wherever.
    i've gone to the linux wacom project and tried to edit xorg.conf. didn't really work, nearly crashed my graphics card [whee]. luckily i was able to reload a backed-up version of the driver, but still. everything else i've had to do with ubuntu has been fairly easy so far. there has to be SOME kind of driver or thing i can just download [or even copy and paste] and it'll work. :|
    any advice would be appreciated. except for 'just give up'. because that's not really helpful. :/
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    The best way to get a Wacom tablet up and running on a Unix-based OS is to buy a Mac Linux is a coder's OS. If you don't know how to build all of your tools/drivers/etc. from scratch, there's really no reason to be using it. Sooner or later you're going to run into problems.

    I know this isn't the kind of response you were looking for but I tried the Linux thing years ago and ran into the same problem with my tablet. There seems to be a bit of "voodoo" involved because I found several people in the forums who said that they followed the instructions and everything worked perfectly. But for everyone else, it's like impossible... and Wacom's not gonna help you

    Good Luck!
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    Well I've gotten my Intuos2 to work with Ubuntu (Jaunty, upgraded from Hardy though) just fine. Or rather, my boyfriend did. It did involve a lot of fine-tuning and tweaking, though. Can you copypasta or attach your xorg.conf? Be happy to troubleshoot for you, I remember it was kind of a pain getting it to work. You might want to consider upgrading to Jaunty, though, as tablets work straight of the box with the newest version.
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    Seriously tho, why use a programmer's OS for art??
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    Responding to Idoru: That's what I was thinking. I just plugged my Intuos 3 into my Xandros linux machine and it worked fine, while the driver I got in the package won't load on my Windows Vista machine because it was made for XP.

    Updating/upgrading the OS is more likely the problem rather than some kind of Ubuntu linux voodoo. They are always working on getting their distributions to support as much stuff as they can and they may have caught up with the solution to your problem by now. Alternatively, Ubuntu user forums may contain the advice you need if you go there and use a search function and the keyword Intuos. Sometimes the problem is something as simple as not having the Intuos plugged into your machine when you first installed the OS, so it doesn't recognize the Intuos as a device, or considers it permanently in standby mode.
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    You guys know there's a guy dedicated at Wacom just for using Linux? Need to remember who the contact is, but there is a developer/programmer just for it.
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    Yeah. I think you can solve this with an upgrade. This is a quote out of a "using wacom tablets with ubuntu" thread on the ubuntu forums:
    In 99.9% of the cases, your hardware will be supported by the default wacom drivers provided by Intrepid
    Chances are you'll get the latest version of the GIMP in there too.
    Here's a two week old thread about the hows and wherefores of such an upgrade: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...de%2C+intrepid
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    mine worked with Ubuntu with no problem. Only issue is I have no use of my wacom buttons or the scroll. But the tablet and pressure sensitivity is fine. To get pressure to work I had to go into the input options in GIMP and turn on the tablet.
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    Well Brashen some of us like Linux. : /

    Sometimes the problem can also be not booting your computer with the tablet already plugged in... That was giving us trouble for a while, as was no functionality with the eraser end. I know we got it all fixed though, even before the upgrade, so in case the OP dreads upgrade day just as much as I do (upgrading twice in a week was awful) it's not REQUIRED... Though it's still a good idea and Jaunty is just so PRETTY.
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    True. When I said "just plugged in" I meant prior to booting the computer. Everything has to be plugged in when the computer is checking hardware at the beginning, right down to flash drives, or else the machine won't believe it is there.

    I don't see how art and programming don't mix.
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    I have nothing against linux, in fact I think it's a stupendous idea to have an OS that is free to use and to modify to your heart's content. But is it really worth the hassle to get your tablet to work on it and the programs that make use of it? I'm no programmer so I may be talking out of my ass here. Anyways good luck with it and hope you make some kickass art.
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    With me it's just about the absence of crapplets and malware. I have a Windows machine but I never take it on the internet because, if I do, it probably won't be worth a damn by this time next year. "Helpful" Norton popups were factory installed and a lot of trash came along with my HP printer and scanner drivers. That's already plenty of that stuff.

    Printer support was the area I had the most trouble with Xandros, but it is actually kind of a feeling of power learning the stuff you learn while you work through these things. There's an open printing project out there just like there's an open office and a linux wacom project.
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    i had my windows way longer than a year, never gotten any malware or viruses, just gotta know your way around the internet :p

    Norton is so bad, don't use it.
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