😩 Summary of my emails with Xencelabs, PicassoTab, Huion, XpPen, Artisul and UGEE: it's hopeless. 😅
@davidrevoy non you don't want to ask for a driver.
You want to ask for the specifications so you can find someone to write a proper driver.
Specifications are part of the user manual.
@mmu_man xD I'll try. But I'm not sure I can review their tablet on my channel or my blog with a set of specifications in hands. 😆
Program in C#
At least there is OpenTabletDriver as an alternative for some of those tablets.
Program in C#
@tytan652 Thanks, I saw it last winter but never tested.
What model have you tested with it and on what system?
@davidrevoy drivers have literally zero reason to be proprietary.
They are only meant to be used with certain devices THAT YOU'VE BOUGHT!!! Making source code of a driver visible won't help you make a new device and infringe on patents or what not.
And even if one driver also works for another device of the same category, SO FUCKING WHAT THEN? It's not like anybody lost anything as the result.
So what is the point of proprietary drivers? There's none!
@drq Yeah... Telemetry. Wacom was already caught hands full in the honey pot: https://robertheaton.com/2020/02/05/wacom-drawing-tablets-track-name-of-every-application-you-open/ .It made top news of many tech website https://www.tomshardware.com/news/wacom-tablet-sending-data-google-analytics and had to publish apologies and fix it (by adding option for consent, of course).
I guess it is the same here. Brands wants to know who use their driver, for what, how long... I would probably advice someone installing their driver to put the executable behind a strong firewall rule.
On X11, it works fine; but depends the package. Appimage has all the patched Qt and fine tuned library version to get the less bug on it.
(And btw, telemetry in and of itself is not a mortal sin. Whereas enabling it by default without the slightest notice, in my book, should be)
@drq Yes, it was malware/illegal (at least in today's world Europe with RGPD, and bypassing user consent). But on Twitter, someone pointed me that now Wacom ask at install, but the sentence let think the hardware will function worst without accepting it; and the button to reject is difficult to find (a dark pattern). This , and a ToS and a "I accept" when user just install and want to benefit of their hardware makes it possible legally now.
@sivar Hey, no idea. I refused the hardware for a review because they came back with a proprietary driver. So, I never tested.
@psychicferret Heu... I "know" : they made it for my video review https://www.davidrevoy.com/article842/review-of-the-xp-pen-artist-24-pro-on-linux . But it is "closed source" and not open-source and libre as I asked them. That's the point of this meme. I have same situation and pattern repeating again with other brands... ...
@davidrevoy ah I get you. Btw love the comic keep on arting and cheers for your valuable service to the Krita community
@post ☺️ I met (thanks to signing sessions) followers with vision impairment or deficiencies. I learned about Braille Devices, and small tips on the web that makes their life easier. They have a fantastic ability to workaround website and situations; but they shouldn't be the one who does the extra effort. With all of that at mind, I can take a little time for adding captions.
Thank you for noticing!
Yes, even Xp-Pen... I know them well because we were partner for a sponsored review/video. I asked them a FLOSS driver, and it was them among the first to comeback with a proprietary (Qt based) driver. In my video review, I rant about it https://www.davidrevoy.com/article842/review-of-the-xp-pen-artist-24-pro-on-linux
For your XpPen on Linux, it means your distribution ship the kernel module Digimend, a community project maintained by a single dev, in a long pause right now ( look at the date of last commits https://github.com/DIGImend/digimend-kernel-drivers ,and PR)
@lanodan I see. It looks like I stand corrected. Thank you for taking the time to point the driver's code in the source of the kernel itself. I had no idea it was possible! That's pretty cool for these tablets 🙂
@amoonrabbit No 😆
But for sure they have manager and technical director who went to same school or use same method, I often get same type of reasoning on email and argument.
Drivers are also similar often: proprietary for Linux with in majority an archive with a binary executable (closed), X11 rules, *.desktop menu,Qt library and a install.sh and uninstall.sh.
Only Gaomon, on their blog, advice the FLOSS Digimend project https://blog.gaomon.net/faq/run_on_linux , that's why I haven't put it on this list.
Xencelabs dongle probably is just bluetooth and they don't want people to know that. Similar like the logitech unifying receiver.
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