Category Archives: Computing/Linux

HUION H610 Graphics Tablet with Linux

N.B. THIS ARTICLE IS GOING TO CHANGE DUE TO THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AT PCLINUXOS MAKING THE NECESSARY RPMS AVAILABLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. In the meantime, the method below will actually work. If you use a different flavour of Linux, then read on, much of this may be of use to you.

My partner fancies herself as a bit of an artist, and I don’t mind having the odd go at computer art. For that you probably need a Graphics Tablet. A few weeks back we were in Maplins to get a couple of sub-£1 preset potentiometers! But she looked at the Wacom tablets and was taken with the idea. As I have to maintain the technology in our home, and I am a Linuxer, I needed to find out what runs and what doesn’t on Linux. Wacom tablets do, and according to the website of Krita, a program built in both Linux and Windows for making Artist’s sketches, the Huion H610 and H610 Pro work in Linux. We were still thinking about it, when I saw a H610 on sale through the Chinese trading site, DX.com, for £34, about £20 cheaper than Amazon, and a fraction of the cost of a decent Wacom. It’s at times like that you just go for it in case they change their minds, and the unit arrived a lot quicker than I expected. It’s a really attractive unit, with a much larger pad area than we anticipated. Continue reading →

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Brother Printer/Scanners, my experience using one with Linux

I have never participated in Black Friday before. I certainly didn’t fancy the the crushes I saw in the news. But when I saw an offer for a Brother MFC-J5320DW printer/scanner (RRP £200, usual on-line price £150) for £110 online, my only thought was: will it work in Linux? Well I checked the Brother site, and it showed downloadable drivers for the scanner. I assumed that the printer would “just work” as they often do in Linux. So I ordered it.

It arrived the following Tuesday morning. It’s a monster, but width-wise, it’s not significantly wider than my HP Deskjet, so its actual footprint on the side table next to my workstation is no bigger. And it prints A3!

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