Install the Wacom Bamboo driver in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx using PPAs (tutorial/howto)

In a previous post, I learned how to compile driver support for my girlfriend’s Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch. This is less than satisfactory for some, so I was pointed to Martin Owens Wacom drivers in his PPA.

Run the following in the terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/wacom-plus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wacom-dkms xf86-input-wacom

Then reboot.

Don’t forget to register your tablet at the Wacom website, because you can specify Linux as your operating system. We might get even better support if a lot of people do this.

Good luck!

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  • Akos Veres

    I got my girlfriend this type of digitizer too, only two days ago. Thank you for the PPA. (:

  • guest

    hi, thank you very much for the post.
    but, why do I get a “couldn’t find package xf86-input-wacom” error for the last command?
    the previous two commands seems to work fine.

  • Martin Owens

    It’s being rebuilt. Please check back soon.

  • guest

    oh yes, I just noticed. thanks a lot for publishing the packages.

  • Paulo

    Does touch work for you?

    I have just got a Pen & Touch and got it working by compiling the kernel module by hand (it is at work, I will try the PPA as soon I get to my office on Tuesday). Pen works well and I can move the mouse with the touch pad, but it does not recognize any gestures (single or multi-touch), not even tap-to-click.

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  • Rudiger Wolf

    I got.

    rnwolf@rnwolf-laptop-xps:~$ sudo apt-get install wacom-dkms xf86-input-wacom
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package xf86-input-wacom

    and it says that the package was built 18 hours ago.

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  • Neil

    The package xf86-input-wacom is not necessary. Thanks.

  • maggie

    thank you so much!!!! now i can forget my mac :D
    @neil- you’re right- without xf86-input-wacom :)

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  • nemolivier

    thank’s for the tuto, but as the other the xf86-input-wacom can’t be found, but I have a xserver-xorg-input-wacom 1:0.106-0ubuntu6.
    And like Paulo, I can’t make tap, double-tap, two finger scroll… etc.
    Only move with finger, pen, button on pen seem’s to work.

  • dRewsus

    Neither this ppa or rips818 ppa actually show these packages in their ppas…. Have they changed?

  • achadwick

    Thanks for this. This solves for my Bamboo MTE-450A.

  • FwaSheep333

    Is there anything else you need to do to make this work? It seems to have installed correctly and such. However, even after restarting, it appears to have taken no effect. Any text files that need to be edited like I’ve seen in older tutorials on this subject?

  • JMeK

    Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to work for Ubuntu Studio 10.04. See also this forum-thread I started:
    I hope somebody will come up with a solution.

  • Anonymous

    E: Couldn’t find package xf86-input-wacom

  • Amadeus

    Does it works for wacom bamboo pen in ubuntu 10.10?

    • Anonymous

      I wasn’t able to get this to work on my PC running Ubuntu 10.10, but that was in beta. There was a problem with wacom-dkms compiling with the 2.6.35 kernel.

      EDIT: Still the same error,

      E: wacom-dkms: subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 10

    • Robert

      Did you ever find out how to get the wacom bamboo tablet to work in ubuntu 10.10?

    • Michael Laddie

      Yes I got mine to work in 10.10 yesterday using this tutorial, however the touch functionality is slow and often unresponsive but the pen works perfectly.

  • Nobody

    Seems to have worked fine in Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit.
    The mentioned package xf86-input-wacom was missing, but not needed at the end.
    You also need to type at the end “sudo modprobe wacom”.
    Pen works fine, finger navigation too. Zooming is unresponsive, panning and rotation does not work at all.
    While registering I could only specify my system as “other”.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. I’ll make a new article using Ubuntu 10.10 and test your review.

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  • James Moxley

    Thank you Brett and Martin. My girlfriend gave me a wacom pen & touch tablet for my birthday in October, never used it because it was too long of a installation until now. I’m on Ubuntu 10.10 and I ran the following and it worked great.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:doctormo/wacom-plus
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install wacom-dkms

    For linux users I highly recommend installing mypaint as it is perfectly set up for sketching with the tablet, much easier than gimp.
    Thanks again Brett and Martin

  • Michael Laddie

    Thanks for posting this.
    However, I have 2 questions.
    1. Is is possible to disable the touch functionality? If so, how?
    2. Is is possible to increase the pen sensitivity?


  • James Dotson

    I used this and it worked fine until a update one day and then the tablet still works however when I first touch pen or stylus to the tablet and stop to got to another line then have to raise the pen higher from the tablet to get the cursor to unfreeze once I do that can start drawing again oh and the rocker button worked at first I could move my drawing etc. now it no longer works…

  • James Dotson

    oh sorry I’m running 10.04 LTS I have it partitioned with 12.04 LTS that I can boot into and all works great so far. Also it does not matter what program I use under 10.04 the bamboo clt460 is working this way in all of them but work fine at first. Also works fine in 12.04.

  • Phillip Koops

    Hi, I have a wacom CTL-470K plugged on a Linuxmint 9 Isadora (equivalent of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx) and running Xfce 4.6.1 – I followed exactly the instructions (installed the wacom-dkms package) restarted and still no go ( tablet lit up but pen unresponsive)!

    The Wacom isn’t recognized by xinput, xsetwacom, but modprobe -l display the wacom module – see details here >

    what could be the issue ? what other troubleshooting steps can I follow ?

    PS : I know the wacom isn’t faulty because it works on another computer (mac)
    and when I plug an older tablet (CTE-450) on this linuxmint config it works.