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I'm speaking of the wacom/genius/aiptek "drawing/writing" kind of tablets, not the "big smartphone", mini-PC-embedded-with-touchscreen type, even though cintiqs and the like blur the distinction a bit.
Without a GUI to actually map the correspondence between the tablet and monitor, one method is to first create an image that is just two rectangles: one representing the full area of your tablet, and another rectangle to the proportion you want to use of the tablet...
If you have a computer that freezes when you touch your Wacom tablet when you touch it, you will need to install a kernel patch. This should work on any version of linux.
1. Computer running any version of linux
2. A Wacom tablet that crashes linux when used
3. Working internet to get source code of linux and patch
4. Willingness to spend 1 day to get it to work
5. Knowledge of the command line
6. Root access
7. Development tools and...
By "work" I mean having "hovering" and "keepshape" mode, not just a worthless slow "pen-mouse". My thinking is that it wasn't working due to concurrent configuration files. There isn't only xorg.conf, but on /etc/X11 there is a xorg.conf.d folder, and there there was a ##-wacom.conf or something, with different settings than the ones I had set manually on xorg.conf.
HAL is deprecated, or something like that, and I don't have any .fdi file for...