Wacom bamboo CTL-460 in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

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The new Wacom Bamboo Pen (CTL-460) doesn’t work in Ubuntu Lucid out-of-the-box. You need a newer kernel module than the one that comes with Lucid by default. It’s pretty easy to get it working though, you just need to know how.

The Linux Wacom Project manages the drivers, libraries, and documentation for configuring and running Wacom tablets under the Linux operating system. It contains diagnostic applications as well as updated kernel drivers and XFree86/Xorg XInput drivers.

First, install some compiling tools and header files:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libx11-dev libxi-dev x11proto-input-dev xserver-xorg-dev tk8.4-dev tcl8.4-dev libncurses5-dev

Next, download the latest linuxwacom driver (0.8.6 at the moment of writing)

wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/linuxwacom/linuxwacom-0.8.6.tar.bz2

Now unpack, configure compile and install it

tar -xf linuxwacom-0.8.6.tar.bz2

cd linuxwacom-0.8.6

./configure --enable-wacom

cd src/2.6.30/

make

sudo cp wacom.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/

sudo rmmod wacom

sudo modprobe wacom

The tablet should work now. You can also add the module name to /etc/modules to automatically load it on boot.

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  1. Each time the kernel is updated you need to go through the installation process again. I keep a copy of linuxwacom-0.9.0.tar.bz2 on my computer and just run through the commands listed below, obviously with the version name updated to the one I have:

    tar -xf linuxwacom-0.8.6.tar.bz2

    cd linuxwacom-0.8.6

    ./configure –enable-wacom

    cd src/2.6.30/

    make

    sudo cp wacom.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/tablet/

    sudo rmmod wacom

    sudo modprobe wacom

    – Works every time…

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