Wacom Tablet does not work under Cinnamon 2.0 #2686

ghost opened this Issue Dec 3, 2013 · 12 comments


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ghost commented Dec 3, 2013

Just wondering if their is going to be a fix for this, we used the gnome control before but this no longer works since it is now independent of gnome, it kind of makes it a deal breaker for us tablet users who really want to stay with cinnamon.
Issue reported on the forum here: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=151645
Hope this one gets fixed, we need a working tablet to do our work.
Thanks in advance.

Deevad commented Dec 10, 2013

This bug act as a closed door to every CG artist with the desire to use Cinnamon.
Tablet configuration GUI in the FLOSS desktop world are rare, and the one of Gnome 3.10 is the most advanced. Please include it.


+1 for Deevad comment.
I often play with pressure softness while I work, which would be not possible for me with terminal tools, also setting up proper letterboxing on tablet is not an easy task... especially when you use 2+ monitors.


I'll be honest.

It was removed from Cinnamon because the API changed drastically between bases we were trying to support (Mint 13 through 16) and none of us has a tablet to troubleshoot on. We opted to remove it entirely than have something broken that no one knew how to fix. We also had an issue with the naming conventions used being part of a company name.

With the coming next LTS release, we will look at restoring support from the current upstream (gnome) modules but we still have the issue that none of the developers has a tablet to test anything on, we'll have to rely on user feedback (you) - so be ready.

Deevad commented Dec 10, 2013

Aww... Ok. Thanks Mtwebster for the detailed and honest answer.

Relying on user feedback for test such devices is really hard ( I give feedback and test to Mypaint, Krita and Gimp project since years, and something I saw : helping a dev without a tablet to fix a tablet issue is near impossible ... ) So, knowing the pain of this type of feedback, I'll can't promise to be around to compile or update the whole Cinnamon desktop environment to do this test/feedbacks. Too bad.

I hope other users will be confident about it. And Wacom support to be restored at a point. Keep good job !

ghost commented Dec 10, 2013

The kde one has a good gui you might want to look into mtwebster, you can check it out here:
without this support all tablet users have a hard choice to make, either put their tablet on a shelf, (if any use it for work that won't happen) or go where it is supported or create their script and make thier own gui for it if they want support for it, unfortunate for me I need mine for work as it cut my art time down by half using it now and does a lot better job, I had to switch to kde to have the support for it, mind you I don't mind it (went with solydK the old lmde kde version that works nicely for my needs, but as a long time mint user it was sad to see this even though I understand with a new environment and no way to test it live can be a headache to create it but if you check the thread link I left I'm sure you could snag a few of those folks to test it out for you, my work won't let me wait for it, it is something I can't do without as any serious artist can't (although I did for the longest time now that I have it finally I ain't giving it up now, espcially now it does a lot better job and the time is cut in half, I'll still be around though :) and keep those mdm themes I made up for everyone.
The naming issue is mainly because wacom doesn't create linux drivers on their own and it is the best known one that most use, but it should also work for pretty much any tablet, not just wacom.
I know you probably have the link for the driver but just in case you want to read more about it here's the link in case you didn't have it: http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/linuxwacom/index.php?title=Main_Page
Take Care

Deevad commented Dec 28, 2013

Nice Mtwebster !

This is a really a good news. I would like to help to test ; I have four wacom devices at home : Bamboo fun, Intuos 3 A4 , Intuos 5 Medium , Cintiq 21 UX


They are ready to be tested, and I'm motivated. The requirement for testing the solution sounds a bit complex to me. Even if I'm familiar with building/installing. I can't test this on a VM ; tablet and graphic driver needs to be tested on a real install ; and I don't have a spare hardrive to do a vanilla partition. So, my only way is to test it on my production system ; Arch based. I hope all Cinnamon dependencies are sufisently splited from other D.E. on my system to keep the other D.E. functional in case I obtain an unstable build.
ok , so :
from : https://github.com/linuxmint
Build cinnamon-settings-daemon, cinnamon-control-center from last sources, then checkout the branch Wacom ( https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/tree/wacom ) of cinnamon before building it. Should be doable with my noob skill ^ ^

Thanks mtwebster !

ghost commented Jan 2, 2014

Got enough toys there Dee?
The Cintiq looks cool :)

KozaG commented Jan 9, 2014

I can try new developes GUI for wacom with new Wacom Cintiq 24 HD Touch in Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon 2.0.

I just need step-by-step guide for really REALLY dummies how to build cinnamon-settings-daemon from git and install librsvg2-dev prior to building!

I have never used Git and don't know where to start and how to use it! David Revoy had a Git building guide for Krita. Maybe I can replace some lines from there? http://davidrevoy.com/article193/building-krita-on-linux-for-cats



Hi guys, can I ask what the current status of these compatibility packages is? How long until they will be available through the main repositories of Linux Mint?

I saw the instructions on this page, but did not understand how to follow them: http://segfault.linuxmint.com/2013/12/cinnamon-graphics-tablet-support-needs-testing/ I am a newbie to git, so would appreciate someone telling me exactly how to install the Wacom git files on my computer.

(Seems like I am in the same boat as user KozaG above, who didn't understand how to install the files via git).

I have also started a help thread on the Linux Mint forums, in case anyone wants to answer my questions there: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=159637


@samriggs100 - Can this be closed, now that we have Wacom support?

KozaG commented Oct 16, 2014

Can be closed. Thanks!

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On 16.10.2014, at 13.49, Anand notifications@github.com wrote:

@samriggs100 - Can this be closed, now that we have Wacom support?

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