Re-Establishing the Use of my Wacom Tablet, After the Reinstall.

One of the subjects which I had posted about before was, that on the computer I was naming ‘Plato’, with Debian / Stretch and Plasma 5.8 installed, I was able to configure a Wacom (sketching) Tablet, using a specialized shell-script, but also using the ‘xsetwacom’ command because Wacom Tablets are especially Linux-friendly, enough so to have their own packages in the repositories.

The real status of that project was, that earlier Linux builds had used an input library in connection with their X-server, that is being replaced with a newer input library, and that the availability of settings in the Plasma 5 Settings Panel was lacking because a new module required re-coding. Hence, ‘Plato’ had no relevant settings module, for which reason I needed to use my own script to configure the tablet.

What has happened in the meantime is, that I’ve had to reinstall the O/S on that computer, after which it is now named ‘Phosphene’, and that I’m reestablishing capabilities which I had already established earlier, including eventually to use my Wacom Tablet again. And as I clicked on my custom script, I found that I was no longer able to disable “Finger Touch” because such a sub-device is no longer registered with the ‘xsetwacom’ command.

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I have retained the advantage of the better touch-pad on ‘Klystron’.

When I received my Hewlett-Packard laptop in 2013, it came with Windows 8.1 installed, and I had named it ‘Maverick’. One feature it had, and which I was afraid to lose, should I take Windows off it and replace that with Linux, was the very fine quality of its touch-pad, which on many laptops replaces a mouse. This one touch-pad is so subtle, that it forms an effective replacement for a mouse, while on most earlier laptops, I found that I needed to replace the internal pointing device, with a Bluetooth mouse. The way this works can easily be a software detail.

Well now that this laptop is running Linux, and is renamed ‘Klystron’, I find that again, the functioning of its touch-pad is smooth and satisfactory enough, not to require replacement with an external, Bluetooth mouse.

I think though that this fact is not so much due to Debian / Linux being able to support a “Synaptics Touch-Pad” in general, but rather due to how Kanotix / Spitfire has been set up out-of-the-box, to recognize a lot of different hardware options from the Live USB Key, by Kanotix Developers.

In a similar way, I have never been able to set up a graphics chip-set or card, just using straight Debian. I have always needed to rely on the special scripts and abilities that Kanotix comes bundled with, to install my graphics card. This does not really mean that I could never learn. I have just never had to do so manually.

Dirk