" Are you a budding artist? Or are you already a professional
graphic artist looking to expand the hardware you have to use? And
are you hoping to shed the last remnants of either the Windows or
Mac operating system? If any of these are true you might be looking
at one of the many drawing tablets that can be connected, via USB,
to your laptop or PC. These tablets make for a far superior graphic
experience, giving the artist much more control over the cursor
than with a standard mouse. Unfortunately tablets can quickly
become a hurdle for Linux users. In some cases the installation is
a snap; just plug in the tablet, install a simple application, and
go. In other cases, the process can be a real nightmare.
"I experienced such a nightmare recently with a Wacom Bamboo CTL
640 tablet. My youngest daughter is showing some amazing skill with
pencil and paper, and is looking at a career in graphic arts. It
only seemed natural that she use a tablet with her Ubuntu 10.04
laptop. Little did I know this tablet would be so difficult to get
working. Eventually I did get the tablet working and the daughter
is now creating some amazing pieces of work. In this article, I
will show you how I managed to get that tablet from out of the box
and into her hands."
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