Linux - Getting much better with Plug & Play

For some reason today, I was looking through the changelogs of updates before Feisty was released. I noticed wacom-tools was removed from the desktop package as a dependency; probably to save space on the CD.

That made me want to try out my Wacom Graphire 4 tablet again. I was dreading the need to modify my xorg.conf file, but I opened it to find all of the changes already done. Hmm, then why does this tablet not work? Remembering the wacom-tools package from earlier, I installed it and rebooted.

My tablet was instantly recognized and usable, no other configuration needed. This was a major step forward from Edgy, which required you to edit your X configuration.

I'm still puzzled why wacom-tools was removed from the core installation - it's a mere 50 KB. If that was already preinstalled, my tablet would have worked the instant I plugged it in.

Still, it was still pretty darn easy to install the package rather than having to edit all sorts of files.

I drew you FOSSwire readers a pretty picture with it.

FW drawing from tablet

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Jacob is a web developer, student, and programmer from Ohio. He is a staff member at the Ubuntu Forums and is most likely a fanboy of the distribution. He loves to write in code and words, play video games, and rant about topics most would have abandoned long ago. Jacob uses GNOME and is never seen running stable software, much to the demise of his laptop.

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