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Old 02-03-2010, 04:49 AM
"G. Jay Kerns"
 
Default looking for digital pen/tablet on Debian Squeeze

Dear Debian users,

I will soon be doing online collaboration online and my department has
offered to purchase a digital pen or tablet or (?) to allow me to
hand-write equations and formulas with the device, such that the
equations/formulae would be transferred electronically to, say,
images, PDF, ...?

I know that such devices exist but I do not know much more than what I
could find after some google searches. As I continue looking, here
are my priorities, the most important first.

- MUST be compatible with Debian (can't get advice from colleagues,
they use Windows)
- easier is better
- I do not need a Cadillac or BMW, but something like a Honda/Toyota
might be nice.

In my searches I have heard of a Wacom tablet, and I have seen
assorted other digital pens. I have heard of a Wizardpen Ubuntu
package, and I have gathered that some pens require some tweaking of
xorg.conf.

In short, if someone has a particularly great "success story" that
(s)he would like to share I would be most appreciative to hear about
it.

Thanks, and Debian rocks.
Jay



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Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555-0002 USA
Office: 1035 Cushwa Hall
Phone: (330) 941-3310 Office (voice mail)
-3302 Department
-3170 FAX
VoIP: gjkerns@ekiga.net
E-mail: gkerns@ysu.edu
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:16 PM
jeremy jozwik
 
Default looking for digital pen/tablet on Debian Squeeze

On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM, G. Jay Kerns <gkerns@ysu.edu> wrote:
> Dear Debian users,
> - I do not need a Cadillac or BMW, but something like a Honda/Toyota
> might be nice.

something else to consider, the cadillac and bmw have driver support
for sure. dont know about the hondas or toyotas.

also, wacom has a full line of tablets. from multi thousand dollar
large screen lcd tablets, to nice and cheap 5x3 tablets. around $69USD
https://direct.wacom.com/stores/5/BAMBOO%20PEN_P1529.cfm

more:
https://direct.wacom.com/stores/5/BAMBOO_C137.cfm
http://www.wacom.com/bamboo/inking.php


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Old 02-03-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Default looking for digital pen/tablet on Debian Squeeze

>
>
>
>---- Original Message ----
>From: gkerns@ysu.edu
>To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
>Subject: RE: looking for digital pen/tablet on Debian Squeeze
>Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 00:49:05 -0500
>
>>Dear Debian users,
>>
>>I will soon be doing online collaboration online and my department
>has
>>offered to purchase a digital pen or tablet or (?) to allow me to
>>hand-write equations and formulas with the device, such that the
>>equations/formulae would be transferred electronically to, say,
>>images, PDF, ...?
>>
>>I know that such devices exist but I do not know much more than what
>I
>>could find after some google searches. As I continue looking, here
>>are my priorities, the most important first.
>>
>>- MUST be compatible with Debian (can't get advice from colleagues,
>>they use Windows)
>>- easier is better
>>- I do not need a Cadillac or BMW, but something like a Honda/Toyota
>>might be nice.
>>
>>In my searches I have heard of a Wacom tablet, and I have seen
>>assorted other digital pens. I have heard of a Wizardpen Ubuntu
>>package, and I have gathered that some pens require some tweaking of
>>xorg.conf.
>>
>>In short, if someone has a particularly great "success story" that
>>(s)he would like to share I would be most appreciative to hear about
>>it.
>>
>>Thanks, and Debian rocks.
>>Jay
>>
>>
Jay
Not to hijack your thread but have you considered a simple equation
editor rather than a tablet? There are several based on LaTex that
are Debian-compatible.
Larry Owens, PhD (I teach Physics)
>>
>>--
>>************************************************ ***
>>G. Jay Kerns, Ph.D.
>>Associate Professor
>>Department of Mathematics & Statistics
>>Youngstown State University
>>Youngstown, OH 44555-0002 USA
>>Office: 1035 Cushwa Hall
>>Phone: (330) 941-3310 Office (voice mail)
>>-3302 Department
>>-3170 FAX
>>VoIP: gjkerns@ekiga.net
>>E-mail: gkerns@ysu.edu
>>http://people.ysu.edu/~gkerns/
>>
>>
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:34 PM
"Jeremy T. Bouse"
 
Default looking for digital pen/tablet on Debian Squeeze

jeremy jozwik wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 9:49 PM, G. Jay Kerns <gkerns@ysu.edu> wrote:
>> Dear Debian users,
>> - I do not need a Cadillac or BMW, but something like a Honda/Toyota
>> might be nice.
>
> something else to consider, the cadillac and bmw have driver support
> for sure. dont know about the hondas or toyotas.
>
> also, wacom has a full line of tablets. from multi thousand dollar
> large screen lcd tablets, to nice and cheap 5x3 tablets. around $69USD
> https://direct.wacom.com/stores/5/BAMBOO%20PEN_P1529.cfm
>
> more:
> https://direct.wacom.com/stores/5/BAMBOO_C137.cfm
> http://www.wacom.com/bamboo/inking.php
>
>

I've used a Wacom Graphire3 pen & tablet for years now and have not had
any problems with it. I used it with my desktop and replaced my usual
mouse completely with it. I think they've [Wacom] retired the Graphire3
line but I think the Bamboo line is the closest to it, I just don't know
how the support in the existing wacom kernel drivers are for the newer
lines.
 
Old 02-03-2010, 04:57 PM
"G. Jay Kerns"
 
Default looking for digital pen/tablet on Debian Squeeze

Thank you to Jeremy(s) and Larry.


On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 11:32 AM, <owens@netptc.net> wrote:
>>>
>>>Thanks, and Debian rocks.
>>>Jay
>>>
>>>
> Jay
> Not to hijack your thread but have you considered a simple equation
> editor rather than a tablet? *There are several based on LaTex that
> are Debian-compatible.
> Larry Owens, PhD (I teach Physics)
>>>


@ Jeremy(s) - thanks for those links and advice. It is very helpful.

@ Larry - you are right, there are lots of handy LaTeX equation
editors and I use some of them regularly. I didn't mention this
earlier, but another important consideration for me is to draw
graphs/diagrams/pictures with arrows, etc. on-the-fly, which is harder
to do with software. Your point is well taken, though.

Regards,
Jay


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Old 02-08-2010, 03:56 AM
Mitchell Laks
 
Default looking for digital pen/tablet on Debian Squeeze

Another thing to consider is a fujitsu lifebook tablet t4010d
which comes with a built in wacom tablet and can
be made to work with debian. i followed instructions
on several web sites and it runs nicely with sid.


thus on ebay one can buy one for approximately $250
including 1.2g and a 40G hard drive

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38&_nkw=Fujitsu+T4010d

these were 1-2000 laptops a few years ago.

i picked one up myself and it is a great wacom tablet and laptop
and works with debian.

i installed debian via a pxe boot as it came without a cdrom drive.

mitchell laks


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