Linux Mint 11 for digital painting

Warning :the method presented in this article are too old to be applied now. Use this information at your own risk. But ! if you want to configure a Wacom from command line , you can find here precious informations, that's why I don't archive this guide yet.

Linux Mint 11 Katya download page :

Here are my notes,  to transform a Linux Mint 11 Katya fresh install into my ideal production-ready machine on my studio, with all apps I need. I tried to write it with details for almost Linux beginner. Also straight forward, most actions are condensed to be 1 lines copy/pasting.

I 'll keep this config for a long time. Mostly new solution can't fill half of my needs.  A reason more to publish my note and share my treasure. 

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Note :  all was tested and written for Linux Mint 11 main Gnome edition. 
All of this informations are not meant to be compatible with other distribution or other version,
please don't comment if it's not working in another release, and do it at your own risk. 

System modifications :

Note : if you have a Gfx card, Install proprietary driver , a pop-up propose the installation of restrited driver at startup of a fresh install , follow instruction , then reboot. 

Note 2 : To use the code here , open a terminal ( Menu > terminal ) then copy paste this each line by each line ( with Ctrl + C to copy the selected line but Ctrl+Maj+V  to paste in a terminal ; or the auto method : select the line with 3 mouse click and paste directly with one mouse wheel click -simplier- ) confirm when needed with typing 'y' then enter, or type your password when asked.

Switch to gnome classic

Log-out , at login screen, click on your name, then in the menu who appear under choose Gnome ( No effects ) ( menu on the bottom of the screen )  , then log in with your password.

Correct distribution bugs 

Linux Mint 11 comes with all the bugs of Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narval . Bugs makes Compiz laggy ( effect for windows manager ) , problems for 3D programs and tablet. 

Downgrade Compiz
sudo apt-get purge compiz compiz-plugins-extra compiz-plugins-main compizconfig-settings-manager
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:guido-iodice/compiz-0.8.6-natty
sudo apt-get update
•  upgrade the whole system , can be a long step :
sudo apt-get upgrade
•  install the new downgraded compiz, not buggy :
sudo apt-get install compiz compiz-core compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported compiz-gnome compiz-plugins compizconfig-backend-gconf compizconfig-settings-manager libcompizconfig0 libdecoration0 python-compizconfig

Downgrade Xorg
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-core=2:1.10.1-1ubuntu1
•   open Menu > Package Manager ( Synaptic ) , in the quick filter , type 'xserver-xorg-core', click on the package, then go to the menu 'package' and activate 'Lock version'. 

Applications available via repository :

•  A list with some classic, as Ftp tools , color picker and color management, basic tools to compile , etc 57MB : 
sudo apt-get install inkscape agave gcolor2 filezilla argyll gnome-color-manager git-core cheese cmake gitk gparted gthumb make meld nautilus-actions

Applications available via Ppa :

•  Kdenlive (last stable) : ( video editing ) 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sunab/kdenlive-release && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install kdenlive

•  Mypaint Git development version :  ( lightweight painting software, digital sketchbook )
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:achadwick/mypaint-testing && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install mypaint

•  Gimp-painter 2.6.11 :  ( Photo manipulation tool forked to can do digital painting, full suit )

Uninstall the default Gimp package ( non-painter ) in Linux Mint default install :
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge gimp

then install it from ppa + some plugin and additionnal plugin package  : 

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mizuno-as/ppa && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-plugin-registry gimp-gmic gimp-resynthesizer 
then to not make future Gimp update overwrite your Gimp-painter,  open Menu > Package Manager ( Synaptic ) , in the quick filter , type 'gimp', click on the package, then go to the menu 'package' and activate 'Lock version'.

•  Blender , recent version : 3D software 

This ppa gives the 2.59 for the moment ( 24 oct 2011 ) :
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:irie/blender && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install blender2.5

or more bleeding edge version ( 2.6 development ) this ppa under :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cheleb/blender-svn && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install blender

Note : Thanks Shaun Perryman for this second PPa link on the comment. 

•  CMYKTools : Cmyk utility conversion
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:amr/blackfiveimaging && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cmyktool

Applications from internet :

•  Gimp Paint Studio 1.5 presets pack  ( brush / gradient / etc... ) 
Note: it will overwrite any existing .gimp2-6 preference in your home, if you already have one :
wget && unzip GPS\ 1_5_final\ -d ~/.gimp-2.6 && rm GPS\ 1_5_final\ 

•  Gimp Ora plugin ( to collaborate with Mypaint and Krita via the openraster file format *.ora )
Note: for usage after install , just open or save *.ora files as you would do with other type of file in Gimp. 
mkdir ~/.gimp-2.6/plug-ins && wget && tar -xzvf -C ~/.gimp-2.6/plug-ins && rm

•  DispcalGUI : ( color calibration tool  )
Note: select your architecture, download and double-click the file to install :

Applications to compile :


☆ Special thank to Bugsbane (a.k.a. Kubuntiac)
◕ 4 to 5GB diskspace needed. 

• in home I create a folder "source-to-compile" , I will store them all in this place to keep my home folder clean
cd && mkdir source-to-compile

• Installing dependencies  ( the script normally grab them, but I do this to be sure )
sudo apt-get install cmake git kdelibs5-dev zlib1g-dev libpng12-dev libboost-dev liblcms1-dev libeigen2-dev libexiv2-dev pstoedit libfreetype6-dev libglew1.5-dev libfftw3-dev libglib2.0-dev libopenexr-dev libtiff4-dev libjpeg62-dev xserver-xorg-input-wacom oxygen-icon-theme kdebase-runtime-data kdebase-runtime

---[update 18/12/2011] ---
Lcms2 : Krita switched totally to the library liblcms2 - faster, more stable, etc... but not provided by defaullt Linux Mint 11 package.
So, to get it, you will need to compile Lcms2, newer distribution don't need it. 
- go here : then download the last version of the sources , the *.tar.gz version
- extract it , then paste the content into your ~/source-to-compile/ folder created before
- open the lcms folder with your terminal

make check
sudo make install
--- ---

• Installing the script :

cd ~/source-to-compile && wget && tar -xzvf && rm

• launch the script : 


• Edit path :
gedit ~/.profile

• and inside paste this at the end : 
export KDEDIRS=$KDEDIRS:$HOME/source-to-compile/calligra/calligra-inst
export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/source-to-compile/calligra/calligra-inst/bin
• then log out your system , and re login. Krita should launch if you click with your file explorer ( nautilus ) on the "/home/<yourusername>/source-to-compile/calligra/calligra-inst/bin/krita" icon. 

•  To fix KDE apparences, and have a compact theme : 
sudo apt-get install systemsettings qt4-qtconfig qtcurve
Launch qtconfig ( Alt+F2 , then type it , then enter ) 
and in apparence, select Qtcurve , tune the palette and font to your taste
launch systemsettings ( Alt+F2 , then type it , then enter ) and go into  'Application Apparence' for advanced config ( color, icon size, icon style , more UI colors ) . Just remember their is overlap of features between qtconfig and systemsettings , but even if qtconfig have less option, it will have last word. 

•  Launcher creation  : 
Right click on the main Menu button , edit menu :
Click the Graphic category , and press '+New item' button
Fill the launcher like this :
Name : Krita 
Command : /home/<yourusername>/source-to-compile/calligra/calligra-inst/bin/krita
you can choose an icon , here I take a png from one of my set  
Press ok , now Krita is in your applications. 

 to update :
cd ~/source-to-compile && ./

Gimp development version 

Special thanks : Stéphane Robert Richard ( aka Zanshine )

•  preparing directories : 
sudo mkdir /opt/gimp-razor
sudo chmod 777 -R /opt/gimp-razor/

•  ( this is only if you don't have a 'source-to-compile' folder ) :

cd && mkdir source-to-compile

•  grabbing the script :

cd ~/source-to-compile && wget && tar -xzvf gimp-razor-script.tar.gz && rm gimp-razor-script.tar.gz
•  launch the script : 

•  Launcher creation  : 
Right click on the main Menu button , edit menu :
Click the Graphic category , and press '+New item' button
Fill the launcher like this :
Name : Gimp dev
Command : /opt/gimp-razor/<thebuilddate>/bin/gimp-2.7a
( explore the opt folder to know the name of the <thebuilddate> )
you can choose an icon , here I take a png from one of my set  
Press ok , now Gimp last dev is in your applications. 

 to update :
cd ~/source-to-compile && ./gimp-razor-script

Note : at each 'build' ( when you launch the script ) you will be updated. Also a new version ( folder ) will appear under your /opt/gimp folder. Think to clean it a bit sometime of old builds ( right click on /opt/gimp-razor/ , open as administrator , then delete old builds with 'suppr' on the keyboard ... Read the number of build like this : year - month - day - hour - minute - seconde ... ex :   2011-10-21-14-13-55 , for now I edit this article ).

Thumbnails for *.ora , *.xcf and *.kra :

Method for displaying thumbnail image preview on icons of Hi-res layered files, a must, really productive :

•  xcf ( Gimp )
sudo apt-get install xcftools gnome-xcf-thumbnailer 

•  ora and kra : ( Mypaint / Gimp / Krita )

• grab sources :
cd ~/source-to-compile && wget && tar -xzvf thumbnailer-ora-kra.tar.gz && rm thumbnailer-ora-kra.tar.gz

• install :

cd ~/source-to-compile/thumbnailer-ora-kra && sudo ./

Note : You may need to refresh thumbnail cache to make this take effect, go with your file explorer in your user folder, press Ctrl+H to unhide the folder of custom preferences, and delete the folder .thumbnails ( it will be regenerated )

Wacom tablet

For hardware support have a look here

• In a nut-shell : to configure your Wacom at each start-up, you will have to write a script.
This *.sh script will be a series of 'xsetwacom' lines to setup and customise your tablet.

•  to know your tablet device name :
 xsetwacom list
• here it return the name of my Wacom devices :
Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus         id: 8 type: STYLUS     Wacom Intuos4 6x9 eraser         id: 12 type: ERASER     Wacom Intuos4 6x9 cursor         id: 13 type: CURSOR     Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad            id: 14 type: PAD   

• So, I wrote under a simple script of xsetwacom instructions to the devices  :

#! /bin/bash
# Wacom setup at startup
# Intuos4A5
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 2 "key f12"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 3 "key x"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 4 "key m"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 5 "key ctrl z"
# round middle dial button
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 1 "key e"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 6 "key ctrl"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 7 "key c"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 8 "key w"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 9 "Key shift"
# stylus
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus" button 2 "key Control"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus" PressureCurve 40 0 100 80
•  To autolaunch the script ( save it for exemple as ~/ )  at start-up , 
Use the Mint Menu > Preference > Startup Application and link there your script. 

infos about settings :

•  Stylus buttons :

button 1 = tip ( part to draw ) , button 2 = first button ( next the tip ) , button 3 = second button. 

•  PressureCurve parameters :
"40 0 100 80" is my preset is for a "hard"
Set your curve with this interactive javascript here :  ( grab the handler with mouse )

•  more documentation about the possibilities of xsetwacom :

Tablets Cintiqs : Calibration & dual screen ( nvidia twinview )

Krita running on a Cintiq, dual setup with Linux Mint 11

•  Cintiqs behaves like a simple tablet over a screen ( intuos3 or intuos4 depending of the model ) , for both recognitions of hardware it's usually ok but for more information about supported hardware read the official wiki : ). 

Update :

•  an updated Wacom driver is necessary to support dual screens with nvidia twinview , to update the driver do :
 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:irie/wacom && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-wacom

Calibrate :

•  to calibrate your Cintiq, you will need Xinput-calibrator :
sudo apt-get install xinput-calibrator
•  usage :
Note : To calibrate the Cintiq, unconnect other monitors, and do the following in single screen mode :
Note 2 : replace the 'device' with your device name, if you don't know it read the start of this Wacom part again. 
xinput_calibrator --device "Wacom Cintiq 21UX stylus"
Click the red 'target' with your stylus , be precise , try to adopt at this moment your default position in front the Cintiq .
Xinput_calibrator is not able to write down the values , but will return the information in the terminal :
 calibration data: 327, 86436, 374, 65171
understand the value like this pattern [ minX maxX minY maxY ]

• Xsetwacom will be able to set this settings. We will add this xsetwacom rules to our ~/ 'start-up script' with the help of Area. Be carrefull, xsetwacom Area change the value order in this pattern : [ minX  minY  maxX  maxY ]
# my permanent Cintiq 21Ux calibration values : 
xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 21UX stylus" Area 327 374 86436 65171
xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 21UX eraser" Area 327 374 86436 65171
• Launch your script made with your xsetwacom parameters, and test if the calibration is ok. You can redo it if necessary. 

Twinview ( dual screen ) :

Note : following is only for proprietary nvidia driver users 
         (  if you don't have twinview it may be easier  , read this on the documentation  )

• Reconnect your other monitor ( reboot if necessary ) , and set your desktop with the wanted twinview setup ( Alt+F2 , type 'gksudo nvidia-settings'  + enter  ). When your dual monitor twinview is setup , add this kind of xsetwacom parameters to 'lock' your stylus to the Cintiq screen only :

# Twinview dual screen setup
xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 21UX stylus" MapToOutput "HEAD-0"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 21UX cursor" MapToOutput "HEAD-0"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 21UX eraser" MapToOutput "HEAD-0"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 21UX pad" MapToOutput "HEAD-0"

Note : "HEAD-0" can be "HEAD-1" etc... depending on your screen disposition, just test the value who does the right job.

Eyecandy and Appearance:

• Fix border style of thumbnails ( frame in nautilus ) :
(drop shadow style, instead of glowy white around, for dark theme ) , this will also reboot nautilus
wget && sudo cp thumbnailframe.png /usr/share/pixmaps/nautilus/thumbnail_frame.png && killall nautilus && rm thumbnailframe.png

• Faenza icons : ( eyecandy icons ) 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install faenza-icon-theme
switch to faenza icon theme : right-click on desktop , then 'Change desktop background', then 'theme' , 'customise', 'Icons' , select Faenza.

• Wallpaper : 
Save it, right-click on desktop wallpaper , then 'Change desktop background' , then setup it.

• Remove the thin overlay scrollbar 
depend your taste with them. I don't like it with a tablet , it made me do mistakes most of the time. To remove them :
sudo su
echo "export LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0" > /etc/X11/Xsession.d/80overlayscrollbars
You need to logout, then login to see the result.

Theme : 
Right-click on desktop wallpaper , then 'Change desktop background', then 'theme' , 'customise'
Controls : Shiki-Wise
Color : customise 'selected items' with your favorite color. 
Windows border : Shiki-Colors-Easy-Metacity
Icon : Faenza

• Panel on top : 
Right click on a empty zone of your panel, in the menu select 'properties' 
Orientation : Top

• Mint menu : 
Right click on the Mint Menu to setup it ( color / number of apps in favorite / etc ) 

End note : 

If you find a better way to install things , or shorter , please share in the comment. I tested all of this so many time, but I'm not protected against a typo, or a mistake. Help me to improve. 

If you want to do a similar guide for your distribution, please do it, more documentation, more freedom for digital painters.

If this made you win times , and make you enjoy your Linux Mint 11 system ; share it ! 


  Nathan T - Reply

Woah, this is phenomenal! Thank you!

  Giovanny Arce - Reply

I have to say this David... I love you... lol, you are the best!!! no words, tomorrow I will share this. Thanks for your time and organization, I have no words.

  Giovanny Arce - Reply

Hey David, why you did not make a whole team of developers, or just you, and create a distro or just a live cd? something like ubuntu studio, but for painters. I think this can be a good idea, you have a good understanding of scripting, etc.

  Juan Ochoa - Reply

David... thank you for this. If i could make my cintiq run properly under Linux i would switch RIGHT NOW. Alas, not yet.

  Blork - Reply

Je crois que je vais me mettre à vous vénérer... :)
C'est vraiment très généreux de votre part de nous faire partager tout ça. Un grand merci à vous !

Continuez à nous émerveiller s'il-vous-plaît. Vous êtes génial ! :)



  Franck B - Reply

Merci David de partager tout ça ! La semaine dernière je me suis installé Mint Debian (VM), suite déjà au fait que tu utilises Mint...
Maintenant je vais tester tout ça !
Merci beaucoup pour tes retours d'expériences du monde libre.
Et encore, bravo pour tout ton travail.

  Brett McCoy - Reply

Fantastic info! I had to revert back to 11.04 as TVPaint wouldn't run correctly under 11.10, as well as a couple of apps I run under Wine. All of these instructions are perfectly applicable to 11.04

  Anonymous - Reply

One thing that caught my eye:
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus" PressureCurve 40 0 100 80

What does this do? Makes it less sensitive? Why?

  Aditia A. Pratama - Reply

this post really helpful especially about gimp-razor.Thanks to Stéphane R. Richard, who made that awesome code. Anyway David, i agree with Giovanny Arce, but it's not only 'you', how about 'we' make distro for floss digital artist. It would be awesome to rejoin with other who has same passion.


  David REVOY OP , - Reply

Hey thanks & merci all for the feedback. I updated the page with the infos asked by anonymous about the PressureCurve option. I might continue to update this page in the future with other tips. My curve don't make the device less sensitive, it makes a bigger contrast in the range between low pressure and hard pressure ; with this I'm better able to manage around 6 strokes with only varying the pressure of my stylus.
Just a feeling I like. With the Cintiq , I keep the feeling 0 0 100 100 ( constant ) , so default , but I do less pressure on my stylus ( probably the fear to broke the LCD screen under, or scratch it )

Making a new Linux CD distribution with good setting from the scratch sound a good project, but surely out of my capacity and personal target. As many of you, my main passion is to paint but also to transmit my passion of painting . The systems is just a tools, and gathering this infos as above is a real pain to be true when doing it alone , and I learned it the hard way ; tested so many different things with deceptions. For the moment, I'm satisfied if a guide like this can offer a way to skip those painfull moment for a more beginner, or a casual Linux user.

By the way, I hope the content of this page will attract attention to someone who want to merge them as default in a distribution as Ubuntu Studio would be a perfect place to got most of those things already present inside the DVD.

Thanks again for the encouragement ;)

  Juan Ochoa - Reply

David, you made it run with the cintiq? I am migrating now, for real!

  Marco - Reply

After reading this I had the same idea of Giovanny Arce.
If there was a Susestudio for Debian/Ubuntu it would be much easier.

Atm I've just found this:

  Marco - Reply

sorry for another post. Maybe with this one is easier to make: … emastersys

though is a little bit old

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Juan Ochoa : yes, I do as I own one :) I updated the article for you with my Cintiq setup ( and added a photo ). Good luck in your switching ; take time and patience, and you 'll get the result you want.

@Marco : Thanks for the links , but I really feel this can be out of my abilities and time interest. By the way , here I believe more in way to transform recent distribution ( Fedora / Ubuntu / Mint / Debian ) for my needs. A software layer + a different theme and name never success as a real new distribution. I will try to fight for having ora/kra/xcf ( even PSD ) thumbnails as default in distribution , I'll wait for Wacom gnome panel (gnome 3) to be ready with more option than in 3.2 ( a good start by the way ) , and maybe I will end doing a zenity or *.py script to automate the install of PPA or package ( a list with checkbox ), and make the bleeding edge developpement version stuff in another single script to do all. Imo, that's sound a better plan than storing DVD's , building website for distro, having bugs of release, make a DVD 64bit and 32bit and all work around... sound hard ! ;)

  Andre - Reply

Which kernel are you using? With the kernel which comes with Mint 11 my system needs 5 minutes to boot! Oo

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Andre : I use the default. You surely have a specific hardware issue related with 11.04 ( and so Lm11 distribution ).
here my kernel :
2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 03:31:24 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
( obtained with 'uname -a' command in a terminal )
Hope you'll find a solution on this pages : … boot+11.04 ; good luck.

  Shaun Perryman - Reply

Hello everyone, I've just discovered a PPA for the new Blender 2.6x development. You can use it on Ubuntu releases from Lucid up to the newest...

You can read about Blender 2.6 here (and download it too if you don't want to/can't use the PPA) … ender-260/

If you want to try it out from PPA, open a terminal window and copy-paste 1 line at a time:-

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cheleb/blender-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install blender

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Shaun Perryman : Thanks ! I updated the article.

  Matt Jordan - Reply

Thanks for another very helpful post! I notice that you include Inkscape and I was wondering if you (or anybody else, for that matter) are able to get pressure sensitivity with your tablet in Inkscape when using the Calligraphy tool? I haven't been able to do it under Linux Mint 11. Thanks!

  Jayraj Kharvadi - Reply

Thank you David for this guide.. I always wondered how to try gimp 2.7 without messing up gimp 2.6. :)

  icius - Reply


Your blog and tutorials have been an incredible resource for those of us brave enough to forge ahead with Linux and open source. Thank you so much for this latest comprehensive guide. I was already doing quite well using Mypaint and your workflow from before. This guide puts all of the pieces together and helped me get even further. Compared to all of those Photoshop/SAI users, I no longer feel like my choice of tools is holding me back. Now I can forge ahead and improve without the fear of having "inferior" tools. I can't thank you enough!

  Ramon Miranda - Reply

NO words for this post , just a pose. :O
I need a bit of time to read all carefully. but thanks a lot for your HARD work. amazing.

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Matt Jordan : Thx ! Pressure works fine in Inkscape, but you have to 'activate' the device for it, as you do for Gimp. In file>Input Device ; then in the new panel check box of your 'stylus', 'cursor' and 'eraser' . Then press save. Restart Inkscape, use Calligraphy tool , enjoy ! ;)

@Jayraj Kharvadi : Feel free to post a little comment on Zanshine's blog ( … st-ubuntu/ ) he has all the merit and effort for writting this script. I'm just a one who pressed a sort of 'share' button with reposting it a bit modified, with easier instructions.

@icius : Thx, and yep after all those years of switching from windows into this obscure Linux, with Krita 2.4 / Gimp 2.8 and Mypaint 1.0 soon , I feel like a new area will open for digital painters. Also the future 3.4 gnome wacom panel ( version 3.2 have basic function) and fix around Ubuntus and Gnome 3 ( for next LTS ) will make a good mix for sure.

@Ramon Miranda : Thx ! that was huge to post it indeed. I also did it for every of my 'students' , the one of my DVD's and the one of todays and this week workshop. Thanks my blog system to finally got WYSIWYG. Before that I was writing all in pure html , and it was impossible to make complex guide without headach of html tags.

  Matt Jordan - Reply

Hey David, thanks for the reply. I probably should have mentioned that I've tried all of that to no avail. I've actually used Inkscape for years and haven't ever had this problem before, namely that no matter what I do or enable, pressure just doesn't work. It's frustrating, as Inkscape is my favorite drawing program. But since it works for you, maybe I'll back up my work files and try a fresh install and see what happens. Thanks again.

  flem - Reply

Bonjour David et un grand merci pour ce tuto très complet.

J'ai suivi à la lettre ta procédure sur une machine Virtualbox et j'ai relevé 2 petits problèmes qui pourraient égarer certains lecteurs peu portés sur la ligne de commande.

Premier point : pour l'installation du "Gimp Ora plugin", il manque la commande de création du dossier ~/.gimp-2.6/plug-ins

La ligne de commande pourrait donc devenir :

mkdir ~/.gimp-2.6/plug-ins && wget … .py.tar.gz && tar -xzvf -C ~/.gimp-2.6/plug-ins && rm

Dans la partie "KRITA • Installing the script", il manque "&&" après la première commande la ligne qui pourrait ainsi être corrigée en :

cd ~/source-to-compile && wget … .sh.tar.gz && tar -xzvf && rm

et je n'ai pas vu d'autre trace d'Alchemy qu'une icône...

C'est bien peu de choses en regard de la maestria de l'ensemble.
Encore MERCI !

  Andre - Reply

When you want to use Kdenlive and CMYKTools on Ubuntu 11.10 you have to apply these changes:

For Kdenlive use following ppa:
ppa:sunab/kdenlive-svn (seems the stable doesn't work)

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@flem : Woaoo, merci pour ce feedback ! c'est vrai qu'ayant d'autre plugin et ayant copier mon propre 'home' je n'avais pas pensé à reconstruire le dossier 'plugin'. Par contre le && manquant est une pure erreur au moment ou j'ai essayer de reduire toutes les commandes à une seule ligne. Méa culpa. Merci pour le test, et pour le commentaire ! c'est sympa ;)

@Andre : I did my admin cleaning job as you requested , thanks for the PPA link btw.

  Andre - Reply

Thanks!^^ No problem. Here is a ppa for "Inkscape-Developer-Trunk" if you want to use the latest builds:

  Andrez - Reply

hi david, i saw you yestarday at viewconference in turin, and after your workshop i had try to pass on linux, but i still got some problem whit mypaint :(.
when i run it from terminal, it return this output, and mypaint still not run:

builtin python 2.6 json support
confpath = /home/miriam/.mypaint/
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/local/bin/mypaint", line 171, in <module>
main.main(datapath, confpath)
File "/usr/local/share/mypaint/gui/", line 73, in main
File "/usr/local/share/mypaint/gui/", line 48, in run
app = application.Application(datapath, confpath, args)
File "/usr/local/share/mypaint/gui/", line 93, in __init__
File "/usr/local/share/mypaint/gui/", line 195, in load_settings
user_config = get_json_config()
File "/usr/local/share/mypaint/gui/", line 177, in get_json_config
return helpers.json_loads(jsonstr)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/json/", line 326, in loads
return _default_decoder.decode(s)
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/json/", line 360, in decode
obj, end = self.raw_decode(s, idx=_w(s, 0).end())
File "/usr/lib/python2.7/json/", line 378, in raw_decode
raise ValueError("No JSON object could be decoded")
ValueError: No JSON object could be decoded

....what i can do?????
many many many thanks :)))))))

ps:great workshop ;))

  Marco - Reply

I've almost completed the installation. I need to configure the monitor and the tablet.

I've noticed that AlchemyOpenGL version freezes my desktop (but Alchemy without OpenGL is ok).

Also "Compiz fusion icon" doesn't start. I used it to turn off/turn on compiz.

And I use Nvidia drivers.

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Andrez : Oh, thanks to was on workshop ! for Mypaint try to go on your /home/*username* folder and look for the '.mypaint' folder ( Ctrl + H ) to hide or unhide preference files. You have an error in the preference. You can delete this folder '.mypaint' without risk if you don't made custom brush or got some preferences you want to save. Mypaint at launch will rebuild this folder with default settings. Hope it will work.

@Marco : Good to finished almost the install. Don't hesitate if you find something to improve this guide. For Compiz icon, yup, compiz stuff is pretty working weirdly , I didn't tryied AlchemyOpenGL and I learn with your message about his existance. The fact most of the Alchemy features were ported into Krita makes me prefer to use this last one. But I will spend a look and good to know the tips. Maybe this bug is to report to the Alchemy dev team by the way.

  Marco - Reply

Probably is more a problem of this version of Compiz. Since AlchemyOpenGL works on Natty and in previous versions.
Right now my problem is that I can't rotate the screen with xrandr. I'm googling and it looks like a xorg-server bug that has been fixed. Also when I maximize a window it takes the two monitors, while Ubuntu Natty wax maximizing only in the screen I was at the moment.
Maybe if I install a newer version of xorg-server I solve both problems, but maybe I see other bugs like I had in Gimp.

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Marco : If you experience this problems, yep , updating might be a good choice. If it's not working, you still have on this page the code lines to downgrade all to a fixed version. Good luck for it.

  Marco - Reply

ok AlchemyOpenGL works if I set no effects. I don't know what is the advantage of the OpenGL version, maybe having less lag with the brush? Though the standard version works fine. If mirror works on Krita I think is enough and I don't need alchemy.

At the end I think I won't use compiz. It creates too many problems especially with graphic programs. Though I'll miss some plugins.

I still have the problem with dual monitor. I upgraded xorg-server then downgraded again. The only advantage was that I could rotate the screen...but Krita wasn't working with the tablet so I downgraded.

Ok now I tell you what I use. I don't know how helpful will be for you:

If I have to suggest a program to add to the list:
It is to make trees, probably you already know it.

Also I use a lot Shotwell. I download a lot of pictures that can be good for inspiration and I multi-tag them. For example I press the tag bw and I see all the pictures that I have in black and white. It's excellent because is fast and works with huge archives. Well it's a default program in Ubuntu so probably it's not big news.

Then Gnome-do, really useful to open programs really fast pressing Super+Space instead of using a menu.

When I draw I go in preferences -> Windows and I choose "Select Windows when the mouse when the mouse moves over them"
So I don't need to get the focus, with the pen can be annoying.

I have a script for the OLED screens on the intuos4 and it is placed in /etc/rc.local. So it starts automatically.
I just follow the instructions for the LED on this blog and then I write these lines in rc.local (change USERNAME with yours). It follows this order because I'm lefthanded and indeed there is the --lefthanded option:

modprobe -r wacom

/home/USERNAME/Script/Intuos4-LED/src/intuos4-led-config --lefthanded --button 6 --icon DebianLogo

/home/USERNAME/Script/Intuos4-LED/src/intuos4-led-config --lefthanded --button 7 --icon Redo

/home/USERNAME/Script/Intuos4-LED/src/intuos4-led-config --lefthanded --button 8 --icon Undo

/home/USERNAME/Script/Intuos4-LED/src/intuos4-led-config --lefthanded --button 1 --icon Ctrl

/home/USERNAME/Script/Intuos4-LED/src/intuos4-led-config --lefthanded --button 2 --icon Alt

/home/USERNAME/Script/Intuos4-LED/src/intuos4-led-config --lefthanded --button 3 --icon Shift

/home/USERNAME/Script/Intuos4-LED/src/intuos4-led-config --lefthanded --button 4 --icon NumberSix

/home/USERNAME/Script/Intuos4-LED/src/intuos4-led-config --lefthanded --button 5 --icon NumberFive

modprobe wacom

exit 0

and I have a script called rotate for my tablet, it's called rotate because as I said I'm left handed and I need to rotate the cursor:

xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 cursor" Rotate 3

#touchdial + middle button
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" AbsWheelDown "key plus"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 1 "key 1"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" AbsWheelUp "key minus"

#button 9 is bottom button
xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad' Button 2 "key CTRL z"
xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad' Button 3 "key CTRL y"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad" Button 8 "key Delete"
xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad' Button 9 "key 6"
xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad' Button 10 "key 5"
xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad' Button 11 "key SHIFT"
xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad' Button 12 "key ALT"
xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 pad' Button 13 "key CTRL"
#button 2 is top button

xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus' Button 3 "key ALT up"
xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus' Button 2 "key ALT down"
xsetwacom set 'Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus' PressureCurve 40 0 100 80

xinput set-prop "Wacom Intuos4 6x9 stylus" --type=float "Coordinate Transformation Matrix" 0.5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

The last line has a 0.5 value if I'm in dual screen, so the graphic tablet will work only on the left screen, because if can work on both you have to use half of the tablet for the left monitor and half for the right, which is not very nice to use.
If I want to use only 1 monitor I run the script rotate2 where the value is 1.

Compiz stuff:
I used xrandr to rotate the screen in portrait mode pressing a button on the keyboard, but here on Mint I can't make xrandr work. Btw the bindings were created inside Compiz Config Manage -> Commands (it's a nice gui for bindings if you hate writing scripts).

If you use compiz and you don't want the close button on the gimp's tool bar or to be able to resize it (like it is on photoshop) you can go in Window Rules and press on the + near Non resizable Windows and Non closable Windows then Grab and select the toolbar.

Another nice feature of Compiz is Screenshot. You can select a mouse+key combination. Then select an area on the screen and automatically you have a screenshot in the directory you chose in the Screenshot settings (I use Shift+mouse right click to select the area)

Widget Windows. If there is a program that you want to see as widget, can be whatever program you want, just go in Widget Windows, click on + and then on the program.
After that if you press F9 (or the key you configured) that program will appear on the dashboard (I started to use it a while ago, but now I don't do anymore, but maybe someone can find it useful, like loading a picture with a cheetsheet? mmm I don't know)

The last one I think is a useful Compiz plugin is Grid. As keys I use CTRL+ALT+ numbers on the numpad. They let you move the windows as they were like on a grid. For example CTRL+ALT+numpad 7 you get the windows in the top left corner. CTRL+ALT+numpad4 it's half screen on the left.

On the intuos4 pen I use the button up and down to increase and decrease the brush.
The wheel for the zoom. The mouse inside to have zoom 100%
button 5 for the grid and the rest is quite obvious.

I think that's it, nothing else comes to my mind.

  Marco - Reply

I had the time to try to use it, I'm quite happy, even if I can maximize a window in a dual screen.

Yesterday I don't know why but I had KDE4 and Knotify4 at 100% all the time, but today doesn't happen.

A tip:
usually I copy my .gimp-2.6 and other config files inside Dropbox.
I delete it from the home with: rm -rf .gimp-2.6
Then I create in the Home a link with:

ln -s /home/username/Dropbox/.gimp-2.6 /home/username/.gimp-2.6
and I open Gimp to check if everything is ok.

So if I have to re-install or install on another computer I have all my settings back in a few seconds.

  Ramon Miranda - Reply

David, finally i read all the info, and i am very happy with all the changes that i have done on my PC. i installed Faenza Icons, better for artists, non distractive look. And install also the ORA XCF and KRA preview thumbnailer, really good change.
Also i have improved the Nautilus thumbnails .No more "white border" but "nice shadow".
Now i am investigating Wacom stuff. to map my buttons on my Intuos 4 S.
Thanks a lot for your efforts. i stay tuned

  Nathaniel Schultz - Reply

While it is an aside I would also recommend that people install the Plug-in Registry for GIMP. While it may not apply to digital painting, they do expand GIMP & GIMP-Painter in very good ways that may apply to a production digital artist. In production anything that simplifies a task or effect is of value. It is part of the standard Ubuntu Universe Repository and should be available by default on all Mint and Ubuntu based systems.
sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

I wonder also, if the extra Wacom configurations you mention will 1: Work with a Bamboo Fun CTE-650 or not 2: is it any advantage over the auto-configuration that I get right now with Mint at work and Ubuntu Studio at home where it seems to be 100% functional just plugged in? I am probably missing something important. I am rather new at this.

Additionally you have been a great inspiration and teacher for me. Your tutorials, DVDs, and just examining your work and learning your work-flow has enabled me to expand my skills and abilities by light-years in just the path month. In fact prior to a month ago, I was just a 3D Artist and had never really trained or done 2d work both by hand nor digitally. You have been, in effect, a mentor for me during this past month and I have achieved things I never thought I could do with no limit or end to growth in sight. So thank you, for sharing your work with the community.

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Marco : Here too at the end I don't use Compiz. Too much issue for little effect and ergonomy trick not worse it for the moment. Thanks for sharing more tips ! I like the one with dropbox to share .gimp2-6 preferences between multiple computers.

@Ramon Miranda : Cool if those infos helps, thanks to be around and to comment ;)

@Nathaniel Schultz : Plug-in Registry for GIMP is already in the line to install Gimp-painter from ppa :) I also like it a lot. For the tablet , you're right, most of the time it's fully functional without any installation. What I do here is just xsetwacom lines to customise how behaves button. One of my favorite customisation is to put 'Ctrl' on the stylus button , to pick color with it. So it depend of taste.
Many thanks for what you wrote about my training material and the infos I try to share online. I really do it to make a stronger community of open-source digital painters, and so increase bug reports, artworks, testing, and so developing too ... but also to make other share my main passion for free : enjoy creating pics :)

  Andre - Reply

I don't know if you want to add this but the update from LibreOffice 3.3.X to 3.4.3 is worth it. … buntu.html

You have to uninstall the old LOffice first.

You could add dropbox to your "repository"-section too.^^

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Andre : Thanks to add it on the comment ; but I try here to keep focused on digital painting tools to not expand to much the post .By the way , Libreoffice Draw is pretty usefull, as a speed Desktop publishing RGB for PDF presentations ; and all my administrative task ( table / writer ) use it . I will have a look at it for sure and try to install. If it's pretty straitght forward and possible to reduce it as a 1 line update, I will add it fore sure.

  Blork - Reply

Hi David.
J'ai essayé d'installer Krita en suivant les instructions mais lorsque tout est fini et que je lance Krita, je clique directement sur Create sans modifier les paramètres et voilà ce que j'obtiens :

Et ça me refait le coup à chaque fois... Une solution ? Sinon comment je désinstalle le tout ?

Merci d'avance !



  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Blork : Hey Blork ; Krita à l'air bien installer, et ça n'a pas l'air d'être une erreur de ta part ; mais une erreur de Krita.
Cas n°1 : Attends demain et relance le script pour mettre à jour Krita. Si ça tombe, ce soir il y a 'une bétise' de fait sur le code principal.
Cas n°2 : Ton matériel PC/ Tablette graphique est particulier et mais Krita dans tout ces états. Dans ce cas là ; tu peux cliquer à l'apparition de cette fenêtre sur l'onglet 'developper informations' et ainsi garder les infos du bug pour les transmettres à un developpeur. Pour déposer un bug : … mat=guided

  blork - Reply

Merci pour ta réponse Deevad. :)
J'ai relancé le script de mise à jour et ça à l'air de marcher. Maintenant, il ne me reste plus qu'à apprendre à l'utiliser. ;-)

Bye et bonne continuation.


  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@blork : Super ! j'en déduis qu'il s'agissait bien d'un 'hic' sur le code principal. Ca arrive... Bonne découverte alors ;)

  Jason - Reply

Hello. Has anyone successfully configure multiple stylus in Linux? I would like to be able to switch between my Wacom airbrush with wheel and the grip pen. I have spent almost 7 hours trying to setup the airbrush, but Linux does not recognize the tool. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Jason : Hi,
For multiple input as multiple pen , the driver is not adapted for the moment ( it was by the past ).
It's planed normally to have this feature back in future. For more informations , bug report and discuss with the linuxwacom project team.

  Jason - Reply

Thank you for answering my question, David. I hope the team will reactivate this feature soon. I will just have to work around the issue for now. I, also, want to let you know that your art is incredible. I am always inspired by your work. Thank you for posting the fantastic tutorials, too!

  Tom Wright - Reply

Man.. I cannot thank you enough for this. I just setup my cintiq off my laptop with your help and it's working incredibly well!

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  Andre - Reply

It's seem I will switch to Mint 12 when it's released in the end of november because of hardware problems with 11. I hope I can adapt all of your great changes....^^


Preview of Mint 12:

  Konstantin - Reply

Hi David,

What makes Mint so great that you chose it over other OpenSource OS? Why you don't use Ubuntu or Fedora?

I'm struggling with Ubuntu 10.10. Trying to get Intuos4 L working. It seems that I don't understand the way this OS works. For me it would be easy to return to Windows or buy a Mac and happily use my Wacom pad without problems. But I really don't like Windows and Macs are overpriced.

Also I feel sad that as an artist I'm spending so much time in studying how I can configure my Wacom drivers. I would rather just use my time in painting or sculpturing, doing those things I like. But as known, there is no such things as free lunches. In Linux case you will have to work and study hard to get something work right but you will get it without money. In Windows and Mac case you will have to pay to get working things but you don't have to deal with hacking.

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Jason : It sames other Linux distribution are not affected by this, only Ubuntu based as far as I understood from a talk on the mailing list with Krita devs.

@Tom Wright : Many thanks for your feedback ! nice to know it worked for you. Cintiq makes me got white hair to find the way to calibrate and run it with dual screen. I'm happy my guide can help other to not have to test many random things before succeed on a result. Thanks !

@Andre :Yep, I'm also exited by the wise solution Linux Mint team take for the 12 ; I think I will be able to work on that. It also seam the Linux Mint community is growing more and more.

@Konstantin : My choice for Mint maybe deserve a new blog post to can answer fully. So stay tuned, I will blog post about it for sure next times.
Intuos4 is normally plug and play since Karmic Koala ; so 10.10 should be working ok. Customisation via xsetwacom is may be difficult at first , but learn how to manage the tablet independently on the long term, so it 's good. Also, new graphic user interface exist on KDE for Wacom ; and it progressively come on Gnome for 3.4 , ( a first one exist on 3.2 shipped with 11.10 ). For sure next year life on Linux will be improved for digital graphic tablet owner.

  Andre - Reply

Yeah, you are absolutely right (look at it's more popular than Ubuntu right now^^). I installed the Mint 12 RC today and it has strange Interface/Graphics problems... . MGSE (?^^) looks not finished to me and not worth to upgrade yet. Btw. my boot problems are gone...Yay! XD

I found the RC via Google (Linux Mint 12 RC ;-)):

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Andre : oh good news for distrowatch :) Here I really think I will stick to Mint 11 till half 2012 ; even when 12 will be finished ( for systems , I never try the RC or Beta ) , I will wait few more month over it ; all this technology changement are cool , but users always suffer a lot of it. Thanks for the link :) I think I will try in a virtual machine ;D just to follow

  amin - Reply

hello david, can you please give me an example script on how to disable touch ability on bamboo pen and touch,

it keeps making mistakes when ever i accidentally place my hand on the tablet.

anyhelp would be great


  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@amin :
I don't own this tablet, but the last paragraph on the official wacom documentation seams to answer exactly what you ask : … let_Set_Up
A script to bind to a shortcut keypress ( via menu > Preference > Keyboard Shortcut ) to turn it on/off

By the way. If you simply want to turn off all the time :
it's like this in your xsetwacom script ( like on the article ) :
xsetwacom set "$DEVICE" touch off
(where $DEVICE is your device identification )
Good luck

  lionbeast - Reply

Quand je fais twinview avec nvida-settings, les deux ecrans sont considerer comme screen number 0, du coup je peux pas mapper la cintiq a un seul ecran. Comment ta fais pour que l'un soit l'ecran 0 et l'autre 1?

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@lionbeast : Mes deux écrans sont aussi en ID '0' sous nvidia-settings ; mais le driver linux wacom ( version récente, prise dans les ppa ) fais le distingo.
xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 21UX stylus" MapToOutput "HEAD-0"
xsetwacom set "Wacom Cintiq 21UX stylus" MapToOutput "HEAD-1"
change bien d'un écran à l'autre.
Ici, HEAD-0 semble être mon ecran primaire ( Cintiq ) et HEAD-1 mon secondaire.
C'est un peu empirique, mais ça fonctionne.

  lionbeast - Reply

ok, bon faut juste que je trouve la ppa pour oneiric...
En tout cas merci pour tout ce que tu fais. c'est grace a toi que j'ai oser m'aventurer avec ma cintiq sur linux^^.

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@lionbeast : Bon courage, et merci pour ce retour. Ca fait plaisir de se sentir utile. Juste un point : fait attention sous Oneiric : Gimp en version 2.6 et Gimp-painter ne fonctionneront pas avec la tablette pour dessiner ( bug de lignes qui saute à x=0 et y=0 ) et comme les dev d'Ubuntu s'en moque malgrès les centaines de protestations et reporte la faute sur la team Gimp qui elle a fixé pour les version 2.7 et plus ; cela tue la version 2.6. Juste pour l'info.

  lionbeast - Reply

Ca explique peut-etre pourqoui gimp rame autant, j'arrive a dessiner, mais le trait ne suis pas. J'ai toujours mypaint et photoshop sous wine aussi, donc je suis pas completement bloqué, mais c'est bon a savoir.

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@lionbeast : oui, ici j'ai trouvé que ce systême ramait de trop pour le dessin depuis Oneiric. Si les performances ne sont pas de retours dans Pangolin, je me dirigierais vers Fedora ou Linux Mint 12 ou Debian edition. Pour l'instant je reste sur un Linux Mint 11 , avec cette config : … tall-notes

  Jason - Reply

Thanks for this David. Was wondering if you have tested Mint 12 yet to see if they Wacom / GIMP bug is still present?

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Jason : Hi Jason, unfortunately I tested it ( some weeks ago, not very actual tests ) and it's well based on Oneiric, so the bug is still here and won't be corrected. Ubuntu team said it's a Gimp 2.6 problem , and Gimp team said they 'll not continue to support 2.6. I'm planning for my next system to move to another distribution ; Fedora maybe. But for the moment , I run LM11 on all my pro computers. When library will start to be too old to compile some new stuff ( ex ; GTK3 Gimp ) , I ll move.

  Yuli - Reply

Very good this post, thank you David
I have solved many problems:)

  Regis - Reply

J'ai trouver ça super! j'ai fait ça sur mint apres la dernière Ubuntu 11.10 sans certaine chose ensuite j'ai voulus tester la dernière mint... et la plus de gimp (dev)... Donc ma question est cela fonctionne chez toi? Car même après retour sur Ubuntu 11.10 rien.

Pour être plus précis je parle du script Gimp development version de Stéphane Robert Richard ( aka Zanshine ) j'ai déjà poster sur sont blog mais la je souhaite juste avoir confirmation Merci a l'avance

checking for GLIB - version >= 2.30.2... no

  Andre - Reply

al.chemy lives somehow...^^ a nice app for random sketching. … rawing-app

  Regis - Reply

Bon et bien gimp a changer ses besoin
(linux mint 11)

checking for GLIB - version >= 2.30.2... no
*** Could not run GLIB test program, checking why...
*** The test program failed to compile or link. See the file config.log for the
*** exact error that occured. This usually means GLIB is incorrectly installed.
configure: error: Test for GLIB failed. See the file 'INSTALL' for help.

Configure failed or did not finish!
ERROR (exit code 1): while executing gimp's

  Michael R. - Reply

I keep getting this prompt the moment I try to install the "not buggy compiz"..."Unable to locate package compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported". Is this suppose to be a local file?

Thanks...a ton!

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

arf... I took so much time to make this article, and only 2 month after ; some libraries and ppa start missing from the repository ; it's became harder to compile Gimp ( glib ) and Krita ( lcms2 ) . All is done on Linux to make old version obsolete very fast...
Sorry, for the moment I have no specific solution ...

  Panda - Reply

Thank you, this was really helpful ^_^

I only have one tiny question... After I do everything I need to do in the source-to-compile folder, can I delete it's contents?

  Michael R - Reply

David, I think the era was in me using LinuxMint 12? I installed 11 and so far the install is going well...I'm at the "qtconfig" portion of the install. Will let you know how it works. I was a little surprised to see you have to configure your wacom with each use?


  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Michael R : Hi. The problem with Mint12 is the Gimp-painter and Xorg bug who made Gimp-painter totally unusable with tablet. A patch was done by the Gimp team member Alexia Death, and it's really nice. But it mean I would have to compile Gimp 2.6 from scratch, apply the gimp painter patch , and the xorg patch... I need a bit of time to see if library wise it's still possible to do so...
In the mean time I contacted Hajime Mizuno , the maintainers of Gimp-painter ppa, to encourage to apply the patch to the version for Oneiric ( no answer for the moment since month ).
Linux Mint 12 have a particular way to handle Gnome 3 ; wasting also a lot of vertical space with 2 bars... Gnome 3 is still also beta and offer not so much of comfort in customization and for professional workflow than Gnome 2 ; and I heard Mate ( the gnome 2 fork integration ) is buggy.

I'm studying seriously the KDE desktop and Gnome 3 ; over a Fedora base ; a Opensuse base and a Linux Mint debian edition on a virtual manager. For the moment, I like the KDE Fedora spin.

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Panda : Don't delete it ; I believe some part of the install are still running in this folder. But I'm not expert on this point.

  Michael R - Reply

@David REVOY : Thanks for the response. I'm completely new to LinuxMint and that's only because of this extremely well laid out setup you have provided. I'm an open source supporter, but being a novice to Linux, I've had hard times setting up the OS/Hardware profiles. I've always used Fedora and and feel far more comfortable there, so I'm excited to hear that Fedora has a spin that is grabbing your attention...I would really like to have this type of "support" with Fedora.

Would be great to have you in the hangouts over at G+! Then I can really pick your brain apart. >)

  Michael R - Reply

David, I also forgot to mention. I keep getting 2 updates for gimp. Should I ignore them? If so, why?

  Matt G - Reply

hey david great tutorial. im having some issues tho when im downloading some of the packages, like the with gimp 2.7 it fails on 3 toward the end and never installs the app to be able to actually run it. so i was wondering, you think maybe you could make a package .iso of your system and upload it? it would save alot of ppl who want to copy this system alot of time

  Itzcuauhtli - Reply

Hi David. I have 2 questions.

First: In Ubuntu/Linux Mint there is a any script, .tar.gz pack or anything that able to use the wacom with dA Muro (the drawing application of Deviantart site)?

And second: Steps to configure the Wacom Intuos 5 is same that Intuos 4, or is a different process?

Thanks for read my questions. And you need more art to deviantart. I want to see something new in your gallery.

Greetings from Mexico

  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Itzcuauhtli : Hi, first this page for the Linux Mint 11 concern only this outdated version, and it's not compatible with recent Linux Mint or Ubuntus ; it would be like following a Windows 3.1 tutorial for Windows 7.
Second, DA Muro is a proprietary application. Even if you can access free, you can't access to code. So, it's the responsability to D.A to answer your problem, not mine or Linux developpers.
Third, driver for Intuos 5 where just done for Linux. To use them you will have to grab the source on Linux Wacom and compile them.
I hope it will help.

  guyrodge - Reply

Many thanks to share all that stuff. Compare to you, I m realy a lazy guy.
maybe one of the last thing to add to the perfect swiss army knife for illustrator is Makehuman.. ??

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