linuxwacom is a legacy driver package containing both an X driver and Linux kernel driver. It supports X servers from 1.4 to 1.6 and provides backports for Linux kernels from 2.6.16 to 2.6.25. If you run a reasonably modern desktop distribution, you do not need this package. All linuxwacom-related pages can be found in this wiki's linuxwacom category.
Getting the Source
Please download the latest release from the sourceforge download section and unpack it with:
tar jxf linuxwacom-<version number>.tar.bz2 cd linuxwacom-<version number>
Alternatively, pre-release code is available at the linuxwacom git repository:
git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/linuxwacom/code linuxwacom cd linuxwacom ./bootstrap
Building the code
Once you have the package downloaded, you can build it with the commands below. A more exhaustive description of the build process is avaiable in building linuxwacom.
--enable-wacom flag enables the build of the wacom kernel driver; if you do not want to build it, simply leave out this flag. The prefix of /usr is correct on most distributions (unfortunately, the default is still /usr/local which isn't used widely anymore).
./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-wacom make make install # may require sudo/root
linuxwacom X Driver
Building the code with the above instructions will build the X driver if it detects you are using a sufficiently old X server. After installing the driver, you'll need to restart X by logging out. In addition, it may be necessary to configure X before you can use your tablet. See the configuring X page for more information.