Wacom drivers for X.org got Intuos5 support

Wacom drivers for X.org got Intuos5 support

Linuxwacom developers released another update of drivers for the Linux kernel and X.org, as well as of libwacom.

The kernel driver only got support for Cintiq 24HD. The X.org driver now also supports Intuos5 and DTI-520, and additionally lets the xf86-input-evdev driver handle advanced Walltop tablets.

The libwacom library that provides data on device properties now supports Bluetooth tablets and has updated metadata descriptions. The GNOME configuration applet hasn't got any substantial changes since the release of GNOME 3.4 yet.


By the way, we asked Jörg Ehrichs whether he's planning to get his Wacom configuration applet for KDE to use libwacom. He replied that he's interested, but this will take some time.

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  1. I see that on deviantart they use an online application that requires a Wacom plugin for the browser. But it is available only for Win and Mac.
    I’m wondering if someone is asking for a Linux version.

  2. Does this mean that I can buy a Wacom Intous5 and get it to work properly on Ubuntu 12.04 (I’m looking to buy one and also want to be able to use it :P)? Or are there other components that aren’t updated yet?

  3. Alexandre Prokoudine 07 May 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Niklas, I’m not sure whether 12.04 has already got the new linuxwacom releases. At least I don’t see that being backported. So maybe someone needs to tell Canonical that an update is due :)

    Now, the next bit depends of the kind of software you are going to use. It’s probably going to be OK for MyPaint and surely OK for Krita. There are some issues with GIMP, however, but there’s no knowing if you are going to be hit by that or not.

  4. Ok, thanks Alexandre! Then I think I’ll take the chance and purchase one, the good thing about the Linux community is that there is always support to get! :D Thanks for the great web site, I’ve been following it for a year or so and I love it!

  5. Niklas, keep in mind that this release is a Xorg driver only. The kernel driver are not included on 3.3, nor 3.4, but maybe in 3.5. So if you are planning on purchase one, keep in ind that you will need to play with the linux-next drivers until this driver is pushed in the mainstream kernel.

    OT: Alexandre, Krita 2.4 was launched recently. Maybe we can read a review in LGW soon? ;)


  6. Alexandre Prokoudine 08 May 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Juan, Krita 2.4 has very verbose release notes, I’d rather not duplicate it, especially since I’m lacking any artistic skills :) But an overall review of graphics tools in Calligra Suite… That might happen.

  7. Does anyone know about any ppa which can be used to update these drivers? I’d rather not compile them myself since I’m no pro at that :)

  8. Niklas, i don’t use a ubuntu distro, so i can’t help you with the ppa.
    I have working an Intuos5 under Archlinux, now using the wacom-next-linux-git AUR package, but at first i compile the kernel modules myself and this was quite simple. Assuming that you have the packages build-essentials (or similar), git and your kernel headers:
    1. Grab the kernel source:
    git clone git://linuxwacom.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/linuxwacom/wacom-kernel

    2. Execute:
    cd wacom-kernel/wacom-kernel/
    make modules

    3. If all was ok (no compile errors), execute as root:
    gzip -9 drivers/input/tablet/wacom.ko
    cp drivers/input/tablet/wacom.ko.gz /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet
    depmod -a

    4. That’s all. The tablet must work if you have installed the xorg driver (xf86-input-wacom >= 0.15).

    More info of the kernel side: http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/linuxwacom/index.php?title=Wacom-kernel_Repository

  9. Thanks Juan! I’ll try that out after work!

  10. You are welcome ;)

    Some fix notes about my previous comment (sorry, i wrote it from memory):

    In step 1, after the git clone command, execute:
    cd wacom-kernel/
    git checkout devel

    In step 2, intead of cd wacom-kernel/wacom-kernel/ execute:
    cd wacom-kernel/

    In step 3, in the copy command:
    I miss a ../ The command should be:
    cp ../drivers/input/tablet/wacom.ko.gz /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/

  11. Regards! The last week I buy a graphics tablet Wacom Intuos 5, I have some configuration problems, I’m running Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin and I installed the device but I can’t configure the ExpressKeys on applet gnome3… :(  someone how to know configure?... I need special script or modify some file configuration? thank you!

  12. but I can’t configure the ExpressKeys on applet gnome3

    Could you please elaborate?

  13. Hi Alexandre! thanks for the reply.:) The problem is about the configuration of the function keys on the tablet, I’m trying from the configuration manager Gnome3 ... System Settings -> Graphic Tablet Wacom, but does not work ... http://goo.gl/NwEWd

  14. Alexandre Prokoudine 09 October 2012 at 8:19 am

    Mmm… So you are pressing the key on the tablet body and it doesn’t get mapped to a function?

  15. Yes! that’s the problem! :]