What I am about to describe is a method that has worked for me on both PCLinuxOS (XFCE4 Community Edition) and MX-Linux (which uses XFCE4 by default). It ought to work on any version of Linux using the XFCE4 desktop (provided the necessary python dependencies are available — always the case as far as I know). Bear in mind, though, that there are no guarantees that it will work for you, or the sky will not fall on your head, or your computer won’t explode. You do this at your own risk.
If you are using a desktop other than XFCE4, this may not work! Continue reading →
I get a lot of stuff on line, and much of it is really cheap. This particular USB Hub seemed to be just what the doctor ordered. So I ordered it. £8? You can’t go wrong.
EDIT 27th August 2019: I have found out what caused the problem with the v5 kernels in PCLinuxOS. Having discovered the problem the solution is simple, so on we go!
EDIT: 5th September 2019: This article got unpublished in error. I do intend to rewrite it, but it’s best to have something there in the meantime!
Just over a year ago, I did a piece about using the HUION 610 Graphics Tablet with Linux. It’s time to update what I did last year. But one thing is for certain. The Huion 610 and 610Pro are much cheaper than Wacom tablets, and are said to work on Linux. And it’s not too hard to get them working.
So here’s how to get it set up in two different Linux Operating Systems (you may jump ahead to find out about MX-Linux): Continue reading →
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 →
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!