If ordering the wacom products intuos and graphire, you can choose between
two different interfaces:
Serial and USB.
The Serial Interface
is available for a long time, so the drivers are more stable for it
can not supply power to the tablet. For graphire and small intuos, wacom
made an interface wire that plugs between the ps/2 keyboard and the computer to grap that power. Bigger intuos tablets may use an AC-adapter.
does not require you to recompile the kernel or to load kernel modules.
The USB Interface
is newer, so the drivers may be still in development.
can supply power to the tablet, bigger intuos tablets nevertheless may use an AC-adapter.
may require you to recompile the kernel and / or to load kernel modules
extra configuration steps later in this document tries to guide you through this process.
For the linux console, the only program I know is gpm.
For XFree, the keyword is XInput. This specification has to be supported by
device drivers which provide extra information. In turn, XInput has to be
understood by programs which want to use alternative pointer devices.
There is a big number of programs based on the gtk library. The gtk has XInput
support and makes it very easy to use.
At least the following applications support XInput:
The Gimp - a powerful image manipulation program in the style of Photoshop. The
1.1.x instable development version includes XInput support as a standard
feature. We are awaiting the next stable release, Version 1.2.x.
Obtain Gimp from
, it really deserves it !
I am sure most of you know this and it was the reason to buy a tablet.
gsumi - a simple B/W drawing program that supports drawing / erasing with
pressure and tilt sensitivity.
Get it from the gsumi web page:
xink (By Ralph Levien) - another rudimentary drawing program for X.
On some system you may want to grep in /var/log/messages instead.
At least for the intuos series
even the latest kernel (2.4.7 as of moment of writing) doesn't have the right Wacom USB driver, so you have to get the right one and recompile the stuff. See
Semyon Sosin 's document for this.
I can not tell if wacom graphire works fine with the original driver. But take
for sure that the shown __concepts__ will work for both wacom product lines.