It was relatively very trivial to get the Genius MousePen 8″x6″ tablet working with Linux. Google gave me a result from the Ubuntu Wiki. The driver built with no trouble and it worked.
Well, that’s because I checked up on google before buying the hardware and favoured a Genius MousePen over some iBall foo because it had a (“sureshot”) Linux driver.
The tablet works pretty well, but there are some problems. It’s hard to use it as a general purpose mouse, but it works correctly when it comes to dragging, which means it works well for drawing and writing.
I found a software called xournal [Grr... it is a GTK app] in my APT cache. So I just did apt-get install xournal and I could comfortably write down stuff and export to PDF!
Today, I saw if I could actually draw with it. Being the terrible artist (I used to hate drawing at school), I ended up “tracing” this from a photograph of mine. So this is v1.0: