Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wizardpen driver 0.7 series compatible with Ubuntu Karmic Koala

Just upgraded my machine to the Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Alpha 5 and I'm happy to say that Wizardpen would work seamlessly with the next version of Ubuntu. So when October comes, you don't need to worry about the upgrade breaking support for your creative pursuits. (I'll keep you updated in case it breaks some time before the actual launch occur in October)

Recently there isn't any progress on the driver due to a lack of a active maintainer for the code. Currently there are a few project pages being setup for the driver, currently the one with recent activity was the one at the Wizardpen project in Launchpad: which they are taking up an ambitious goal of setting up the appropriate FDI rule to have it auto-detect most (hopefully all) supported tablets. Greatly appreciate that you'll be able to submit the appropriate `lsusb` output for them to maintain a database of sorts ;).

Anyway, it is to be noted that Ubuntu 9.10 introduced a lot of major changes in packages: e.g. SCIM input to iBus, utilizing GRUB2 and Ext4 and eventual migration to DeviceKit in replacement for HAL in the future (meaning that the setup guide will need to be updated as soon as Xorg deprecates HAL as well). So I do greatly suggest that you prepare for the release by reading these new changes up.


Mozart Couto said...

Good news, Felix!
So I am more relaxed when you want to upgrade my Ubuntu! I hope that this driver will continue to be updated. That is not abandoned.

Alvaro said...

Genius g-pen f 509 works great in Jaunty, but in karmic koala don't work.

Felix Leong said...


Could you check in /var/log/Xorg.0.log and see whether the Wizardpen driver is loaded correctly (or that whether there's any error messages)?

Oscar said...


You know something about the about Atom* parameter in InitButtonClassDeviceStruct?

I have problems compiling wizardpen>
error: too few arguments to function 'InitButtonClassDeviceStruct'