I bought one of these USB graphics tablets for my daughter for Christmas. It turns out that it’s not quite plug and play on her Ubuntu-powered netbook – well, not until a few extra commands have been entered in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/wacom-plus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wacom-dkms
After this the tablet is hot-pluggable, and acts (at least initially) as another mouse-like device. I’ve yet to try it with tablet-aware applications like Inkscape or The Gimp, both of which will need a little additional configuration to recognise and make use of the advanced features of the tablet (pressure sensitivity etc) but it’s looking good so far.
A little playing with the configuration of The Gimp has proved that the tablet works perfectly; we now have detection of pressure working, allowing the rendering of variable stroke-width depending on the pressure applied to the pen. All in all I’m very impressed – having had the opportunity to experiment a little, I’m now wondering if I could use one to create free-hand drawings in presentations, which I suspect could be very effective.