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I am thinking of buying a Wacom Bamboo Pen tablet for drawing with an Ubuntu installation.

I seem to remember there being settings specifically for Wacom in the Settings Manager. Is that still the case? (I am currently not on Ubuntu, so I can't verify).

The searching that I have done have brought up results in threads where people have to do manual setup (editing of config files) to get their Wacom tablets working. Is that the case or is there good support for Wacom tablets (with graphical configuration) in Ubuntu?

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WACOM tablets have been supported by Ubuntu for some time now, they work perfectly fine out of the box. –  Thomas W. Apr 22 '13 at 19:36
Confirming the success in my Bamboo MTE-450 since Ubuntu 9.04 up to 12.04. Good luck! –  Geppettvs D'Constanzo Apr 22 '13 at 22:23

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Ubuntu has great Wacom support. It's all plug and play but with great graphical configuration options. You can configure pens and erasers and buttons for all common Wacom tablets. I was even surprised to find that you can lock a tablet to a single monitor in a dual-monitor set-up.

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Thanks, now I can buy with confidence! –  mydoghasworms Apr 23 '13 at 4:54

Sorry but the Ubuntu Wacom Gui tool doesn't offer enough options to fully make use of the device, button (re)mapping e.g is not supported, and and you really want to disable/configure the weird touch behaviour and defaults of the device for working without annoyances, or for using it as a mouse replacement.

I bought a Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch a few days ago hoping to get full support without googling around for days and getting dirty in the terminal and heavy text editing.. but exactly this is what you have to do, otherwise the device is almost unusable for any serious work. Take that in mind before paying the extra Wacom price compared to other brands. You have to get dirty with text editing anyway, it doesn't matter if you use Arch or Ubuntu, or if you buy a random UC Logic Tablet or Wacom one, to use the device like it should be used a similar amount of self effort is required, and this can put a lot of people off.

If Canonical want artists using other OS switching to Ubuntu, they NEED to make a proper GUI tool for those widespread devices, or artists will return to other operating systems immediately.

If you're comfortable with text editing/scripting, the options to configure the devices are great though.

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Support was very good in 12.10 but 13.04 is partly broken. There are work arounds see http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2139480&page=2&s=773fbf70e6dc15398d100858f0c2ce2e and http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=110408 hopefully this will be fixed soon.

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