Review: XP-Pen Artist 24 Pro on Linux

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Here is my deep review of the XP-Pen Artist 24 Pro on GNU/Linux (Kubuntu 20.04)! The large, 24" QuadHD pen tablet. I'm testing all the part as I could on this video. XP-Pen sent me this tablet for free in exchange of a video review and I want to be transparent about this deal. It was a good opportunity and I had full freedom in our agreement (that's why I accepted). I hope you liked it, I took a lot of passion and fun to make this review. I hope I'll be able to continue to make more in the future!

Tablet on the page of XP-Pen:


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:50 Hardware
  • 05:08 GNU/Linux Driver
  • 07:37 Opinions and conclusion

Updates and Erratum:

You'll find here update of things I discovered after making the video:

[2023-08-29] New Udev rules with more buttons customised: I updated the article with my new script to customize the button.

[2023-01-22] New overlay, a dead bug and a new universal Keyboard Tray (Cintweak): I published a video update of the changes I made and little accident I had with the tablet. The new overlay really improved the tablet a lot!

[2022-05-19] All Drawings and inking of episode 37 were done with this tablet: I published a photo showing my current setup with the tablet and a Cintweak keyboard tray.

[2021-06-13] New proprietary driver 3.1.4, released 10 june: XP-PEN released a new proprietary driver, without changelog available but with a new version and timestamp. After test, the Deb package no longer have permission issues but tilt is still missing.

[2021-06-11] Pressure curve: With time and thin tuning, I advice now xsetwacom --set "UGTABLET 24 inch PenDisplay stylus" PressureCurve 0 10 40 85 pressure curve for the stylus instead of initial 0 20 100 100 setting I proposed. I use mainly this pen-display tablet as my second monitor now, to sketch on it rarely. I'm back at using my Intuos4 XL as I thought, the ergonomy of large pen-display is just bad for my productivity.

[2021-05-12] Digimend diagnostic is published: , I made my homework carefully; and reported all the specification of the device to the Digimend project. It's not a sign this will be managed soon: I saw many other tablet with full descriptors (and even open Pull Request) from 2018 on it... But at least the data are now available.

[2021-05-12] Protective/Anit-glare film investigation: From what I start to see; the overlay is considered as a consumable for XP-Pen? like pen nib? I can't think of something else when I read on their store "pack of two" here: , so give me a month or two with it, and I'll tell you here how robust the first overlay sheet was.

[2021-05-11] ERRATUM: Micro-USB instead of USB-C: I spoke about a 'Micro-USB' cable; it's in fact a USB-C cable. Sorry, all this 'mini' USB standards got me confused to name this one correctly.

[2021-05-11] ERRATUM: 65536 level of pressure: The label that appears at 03:24 in the video is inexact: the device has (probably) 8192 level of pressure maximum. By the way; the level are not well distributed as the first 10% of the stylus nib contact will be mostly ignored then from 10 to 30% it will grow super quick and then it require a lot of pressure to reach 100% (not the best default curve to be polite, but one that can be smoothed with driver workaround). I saw tablet with 512 level of pressure having better built-in feeling and sensitivity to low pressure levels. About the erratum; I should have noticed 65536 looks like an address space of 64 KB (65,536 bytes). I noticed that after testing it on other tablet I own in house; all also revealing the same 65536 max number.

[2021-05-10] Perfect match for Ergotron Arm: No surprise, the tablet could really adapt to my Ergotron Arm with the VESA 100x100mm pattern that appears after unscrewing the default stand. The tablet is less heavy than my old Cintiq21UX that was over 10Kg; this one is probably half. Anyway, it requires a bit of adapting the Ergotron to be rigid enough to not move with a weight like that.

[2021-05-09] No magnetic noises with Wacom Intuos4 around: After the review, I connected back my IntuosXL to my Philips 27'' for my production (QuadHD also, near to 100% sRGB, but not perfect but with −at least− the best antiglare and frameless design). I kept the XP-Pen Artist 24 Pro as my second monitor with the Ergotron Arm (ready to be used for a drawing). I was affraid the two tablet would interact; something I already saw with Intuos and Cintiq (especially the one able to share same Stylus). But here; no noise, no shakes; the two tablet are probably set to use distinct frequency; and that's perfect for me.

Install guide:

The guide under is not part of the review 'deal' and a personal work I made to allow you to run your XP-PEN Artist 24 Pro on Linux with the Free/Libre and Open Source driver Digimend. You'll see on the review the proprietary driver has issues; and the worst: being closed/non-free and so we don't know what it does. Remember that while I'm writing this, the tablet is still not officially supported by the Digimend project; and so it require many manual workarounds and post-installation process. But the base main component; the Ugtablet+stylus sensor is recognized.

Limitation: The following guide was written for Kubuntu 20.04 LTS + Digimend driver version 10; it might works as well on any other Xorg/Linux distro with newer version of the driver; but be aware that Fedora/Arch/Ubuntu doesn't store the configuration files at the same place; you'll have quickly to check where it is for xorg.conf.d and hwdb.d to succeed. GNU/Linux distro are fast moving targets; and I don't have any ideas if this might work also in another situation. Use it as your own risk (but it should be fine, and everything here is easy to revert).

I detailed my guide here so non-technical user (artists and Linux beginners) could follow it. I'm also taking the time to not just throw command-lines, but explain why and what it does. For tweaking the configuration files of your tablet, you'll need a text-editor. Here I use Micro. If you don't want to install it, just replace any micro of this article with the default nano text-editor or your favorite.

Install Digimend:

I installed here the version 10 as a Debian package (link finishing by .deb). On Kubuntu 20.04, a simple double-click on the deb will launch the installer. On other 'buntu, I often met distro who doesn't ship this type of Debian package installer by default (how sad). In this case; you can still install them using the command line: sudo dpkg -r xp-pen-pentablet*.deb , Once done, restart your computer.

Add the X11 rule:

If you run lsusb in a terminal, you'll find a line describing your tablet and this listing also give you the address of the device. Mine was: Bus 003 Device 007: ID 28bd:092d Tablet PTK-1240.

So, I created the file 60-xppen.conf in the folder /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/ (you need administrator permission to create that) this way:
sudo micro /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/60-xppen.conf

Once the blank editor was opened, I pasted this inside the editor:

Section "InputClass"
  Identifier "XP-Pen 24 Pro Frame"
  MatchUSBID "28bd:092d"
  MatchIsKeyboard "on"
  MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
  Driver "libinput"

Section "InputClass"
  Identifier "XP-Pen 24 Pro Tablet"
  MatchIsTablet "on"
  Driver "wacom"
  MatchUSBID "28bd:092d"
  MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"

This will ask the wacom driver to handle our tablet; you can see the MatchUSBID "28bd:092d" part, very important to target the right tablet (we found this adress with lsusb). I saved, and then restarted the computer again.

If everything went right, you should see an ouput after typing xsetwacom --list, mine was:

UGTABLET 24 inch PenDisplay stylus      id: 10  type: STYLUS    

Xsetwacom script:

Once the tablet is recognised by the Wacom driver; you can customize only the mapping of the stylus, its pressure curve and the first button of the stylus with it. That's not much compare to what Xsetwacom can do with a full support, but still this is very cool.

If you prefer a graphic interface; the kde-config-tablet was able to handle it (sudo apt install kde-config-tablet, then restart the computer and launch in the system configuration the tablet settings). But here I prefer using a bash script that will apply at each start-up of my system my favorite settings. Each setting is set with the xsetwacom command line.

Here under is my own script; fully commented (line starting by # are not read by computer, so I added a sort of instruction on them). If you paste this script on a text-editor and save it as (where you want on your disk, mine is on a folder I created for my scripts /home/deevad/scripts and then you'll see this your text editor will show with color what are important lines, and what are just comments.

Don't reuse the script under as it is, it will not work. You need to read it and adapt it to your system. Especially the part about mapping it to your monitor xrandr identifier, and you might need to calibrate with xinput-calibrator

After saving it, you'll need to right click on the file > Properties (Permission tab) and activate "Is Executable" checkbox and press OK. Once your script is ready, you can run it by double clicking on it. This customisation will be lost at every restart of your computer (not the script, only the effect). If you want to run it automatically; just add the script to your 'Autostart' (type autostart in the menu; Plasma has a nice interface for that with a button "Add Script" ).

The script:

#! /bin/bash
# Setup xp-pen 24 pro
# License: CC-0/Public-Domain license
# author: deevad

# ---------------------
# ---------------------

# Tablet definition
# Identifier obtained using the 'xsetwacom --list' command line
# The tablet appears after installation of the Digimend kernel driver (10 or more)
# And after creating a special rule for Xorg. 
# See blog post on for it.
tabletstylus="UGTABLET 24 inch PenDisplay stylus"

# Constrain stylus to use it's own monitor
# using the 'xrandr' command-line will output the list of your monitors and how they are named
# Mine here is "DisplayPort-1"
xsetwacom --set "$tabletstylus" MapToOutput "DisplayPort-1"

# Calibration
# Start by reseting calibration to default area
xsetwacom --set "$tabletstylus" ResetArea
# Default area is '0 0 32767 32767', a square for a 16:9 tablet! Fun...
# You can obtain it by uncommenting the two lines under
# xsetwacom --get "$tabletstylus" Area
# Calibrate your device manually with `xinput_calibrator` after connecting only the Xpen-Pen pro-art
# (Area is "MinX" "MinY" "MaxX" "MaxY"), then tweak manually adding or rmoving +50 here and there to obtain 
# something pleasing:
xsetwacom --set "$tabletstylus" Area 100 120 32794 32797

# Calibrate the curve of the pressure (hard or soft)
# Use 
# for an interface to get the 4 values (red,red and violet,violet)
xsetwacom --set "$tabletstylus" PressureCurve 0 10 40 85

# Buttons:
# First button on the stylus (=button2, button 1 is the tip and it works correctly by default)
# Mine is 'Ctrl' to pick color:
xsetwacom set "$tabletstylus" button 2 key Ctrl

# Configuration data trimming and suppression
# The event of this device are not legion; better to not filter any for sensitivity
# Minimal trimming is also good.
xsetwacom --set "$tabletstylus" Suppress 0 # data pt.s filtered, default is 2, 0-100
xsetwacom --set "$tabletstylus" RawSample 1 # data pt.s trimmed, default is 4, 1-20

If you managed well, the tablet stylus mapping and pressure of the XP-Pen Artist Pro 24 should work on Mypaint, Blender, Gimp, Inkscape, etc...

Testing with Xinput

If you want to test your stylus; run at first xinput to get an identifier of your stylus. Here is mine:

UGTABLET 24 inch PenDisplay stylus        id=23

Then launch with customising the "id" (23 here):

xinput test 23

Once you'll draw on the monitor, the terminal will report all the events of the stylus.

Udev/Hwdb rule for second button on the stylus and other buttons.

Customizing the second stylus button of the XP-Pen Artist 24 Pro (the one on top) was my top priorities. I created a Udev/Hwdb rule to simulate a right click after catching the event. To do so, create a Udev/Hwdb custom rule with sudo micro /etc/udev/hwdb.d/90-xppen.hwdb and paste this:


You can find how I found the identifier of the tablet device b0003v28BDp092De0100-e0* (complex and different for every devices) thanks to the entry on the Arch Linux wiki about udev that describes the method to retrieve one. To test the custom rules, save the file; and run the one-liner under to recompile and restart Udev. The change should be instant without needing it to reboot.
sudo systemd-hwdb update && sudo udevadm control --reload && sudo udevadm trigger

If you want to customize the button to another key, 0x14c is a keyboard scancode. You can find a list of Keyboard scancode here; it will give you the last two number/letter for the key you need to target.

The tablet buttons (on the frame) by default behave like a keyboard and send events that were pre-recorded by XP-Pen (call them 'hardcoded'). They aren't that bad. It's possible to edit some of them. Thanks Jbigler on Github who described the events, I'm copy/pasting their great description of the default key under:

Left side:
01. b             70005 / code 48 (KEY_B)
02. e             70008 / code 18 (KEY_E)
03. alt           700e2 / code 56 (KEY_LEFTALT)
04. space         7002c / code 57 (KEY_SPACE)
05. ctrl+S        700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 70016 / code 31 (KEY_S)

LDL: ctrl+-       700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 70056 / code 74 (KEY_KPMINUS)
LDR: ctrl++       700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 70057 / code 78 (KEY_KPPLUS)

06. ctrl+z        700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 7001d / code 44 (KEY_Z)
07. ctrl+alt+z    700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 700e2 / code 56 (KEY_LEFTALT) + 7001d / code 44 (KEY_Z)
08. ctrl+shift+z  700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 700e1 / code 42 (KEY_LEFTSHIFT) + 7001d / code 44 (KEY_Z)
09. v             70019 / code 47 (KEY_V)
10. l             7000f / code 38 (KEY_L)

Right side:
11. ctrl+o        700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 70012 / code 24 (KEY_O)
12. ctrl+n        700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 70011 / code 49 (KEY_N)
13. ctrl+shift+n  700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 700e1 / code 42 (KEY_LEFTSHIFT) + 70011 (KEY_N)
14. ctrl+e        700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 70008 / code 18 (KEY_E)
15. f             70009 / code 33 (KEY_F)

RDL: [            7002f / code 26 (KEY_LEFTBRACE)
RDR: ]            70030 / code 27 (KEY_RIGHTBRACE)

16. d             70007 / code 32 (KEY_D)
17. x             7001b / code 45 (KEY_X)
18. ctrl+delete   700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 7004c / code 111 (KEY_DELETE)
19. ctrl+c        700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 70006 / code 46 (KEY_C)
20. ctrl+v        700e0 / code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL) + 70019 / code 47 (KEY_V)

So, you can only switch a key for another one; and shortcut with two two or three key will be limited to shortcut using also three keys. Note also if you want to switch Ctrl for Shift; all your Ctrl+something shortcut will switch for Shift+something. So, it's limited, but possible to customize with a little bit of thinking.

All of that are Udev/Hwdb rules as described on the previous chapter about customizing the second button on the stylus. ( on sudo micro /etc/udev/hwdb.d/90-xppen.hwdb )

Here I'm sharing the B of the brush on first key ( 01. b) for a 01. Shift to resize my brush with: KEYBOARD_KEY_70005=0x2a

The second one, 'e' is ok for the eraser toggle of Krita, so I'm keeping this one.

Third is a 'Alt'; not usefull for me. I'll replace with a '&' symbol; something I can remap on Krita ( I use it with the '10 preset plugin' , to switch to a brush preset; here in my case, an eraser. You can see the method in my video about keyboard shortcut on Krita. ) KEYBOARD_KEY_700e2=0x02

I keep the default spacebar; useful to pan document.

Debatable: I'm switching all Ctrl key to null event... because Ctrl+s, Ctrl+q (to quit; on Azerty keyboard the Ctrl+Z of default is switched for a Ctrl+Q). KEYBOARD_KEY_700e0=unknown

I'm switching the 's' alone for a 'z' (a 'w' because this is qwerty to azerty) KEYBOARD_KEY_70016=w

All in all , here is my Udev/Hwdb file with the stylus (sudo micro /etc/udev/hwdb.d/90-xppen.hwdb):


Run a sudo systemd-hwdb update && sudo udevadm control --reload && sudo udevadm trigger to refresh after saving your file.

Update, end August 2023:

Here is my /etc/udev/hwdb.d/90-xppen.hwdb of the moment, a bit more advanced than the initial one. I found new resources to help me to customize it: a visual representation of the Azerty layout with scancode and a list of the possible keywords. I also found the syntax to add comments.

 KEYBOARD_KEY_d0045=0x14c # [Stylus] binds 1st stylus button to Control
 KEYBOARD_KEY_700e0=reserved # [ALL] binds Control to nothing!
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70005=leftshift # [1] binds B to Shift 
 KEYBOARD_KEY_700e2=1 # [3] binds Alt to & (qwerty 1)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_7002c=0x1d # [4] binds Space to Ctrl
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70016=0x56 # [5] binds S to < (scancode azerty FR)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70056=i # [dial+] binds + to i (qwerty comma)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70057=o # [dial-] binds - to o (qwerty period/dot)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_7001d=a # [6] binds Z to Q (qwerty A)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_7000f=semicolon # [10] binds vL to M (qwerty semicolon)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70012=w # [1R] binds O to Z (qwerty W)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70011=y # [2R] binds N to Y
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70009=2 # [5R] binds F to é (qwerty 2)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_7002f=comma # [dialR+] binds [ to semicolon (qwerty comma)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70030=dot # [dialR-] binds ] to colon (qwerty period/dot)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70007=3 # [6] binds D to " (qwerty 3)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_7001b=4 # [7] binds X to ' (qwerty 4)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_7004c=5 # [8] binds Delete to ( (qwerty 5)
 KEYBOARD_KEY_70006=0x0c # [9] binds C to ) (azerty scancode)


Calibrate the QuadHD display

Here is a one liner to calibrate your color on Ubuntu 20.04 tablet with argyllCMS (I used here a Pantone Huey Pro calibrator):

dispcal -d 1 -t 6500 -b 160 -g 2.2 -v -o $(date +%Y-%m-%d)_XPPEN24PRO

Here is a summary of the option so you can spice it to your needs:

  • -d 1 for monitor 1.
  • -t 6500 for the temperature, to target 6500K.
  • -b 160 for 160 cd/m² brightness.
  • g 2.2 for a gamma at 2.2.
  • -v verbose mode, print more information during the process.
  • -o $(date +%Y-%m-%d)_XPPEN24PRO the output filename (here with a auto iso date prefix).

If you are a bit lost with this options; you can still let ArgyllCMS default decides for you with simply:

dispcal -d 1 -v -o $(date +%Y-%m-%d)_XPPEN24PRO

Once you have the ICC file; you can apply using the color interface setting of Plasma/KDE; or you can apply it by command line with:

dispwin -d 1 /home/deevad/scripts/2021-05-11_XPPEN24PRO.icc

You'll get the list of your monitor with dispwin -help and you can add that to a bash script and launch that at startup (see the method detailed on xsetwacom chapter of this article).

Note: If you don't have any calibrator, your best setting with the OSD of the tablet might probably be to keep the Gamma at 2.2, the brightness at 60 and the Color mode to sRGB.

Fix IntelHD Gfx card not recognising the QuadHD resolution:

On my laptop with a IntelHD integrated chipset for graphics I ran for test, the maximum resolution detected was a 1920x1200... Note this card wasn't enough performant to run Krita on this tablet without any noticable lag. If you connect this tablet to a computer, I advice you to get a performant one!

I case you run into this issue; you can fix it with by checking how is named your output (often named by xrandr after the name of the cable/plug) ; mine for this laptop was HDMI-1; you can do so with the command xrandr and then, run this:

cvt -r 2560 1440

The output gives:

2560x1440 59.95 Hz (CVT 3.69M9-R) hsync: 88.79 kHz; pclk: 241.50 MHz
Modeline "2560x1440R"  241.50  2560 2608 2640 2720  1440 1443 1448 1481 +hsync -vsync

Perfect! it is the specifications you need to add to a custom new xrandr profile: So, write:

xrandr --newmode "2560x1440R"  241.50  2560 2608 2640 2720  1440 1443 1448 1481 +hsync -vsync
xrandr --addmode HDMI-1 2560x1440R
xrandr --output HDMI-1 --mode 2560x1440R

And success, your XP-Pen Artist 24 Pro should switch after that to 2560x1440 quadHD resolution.

Fix the XPPEN proprietary driver

In case you are OK with using the proprietary driver (I'm not, but in this case, don't install the Digimend one) and this one doesn't work ( tested on xp-pen-pentablet_3.1.0.210331-1.x86_64.deb, 30 April 2021) ; it means the installer failed at giving permission in post-install. You can fix it simply with:

sudo chown $(whoami) /usr/lib/pentablet
sudo chmod +x /usr/lib/pentablet/pentablet

References and useful links:

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link Kumar  

Thanks for such descriptive Article on configuring XP-Pen. I have a Deco 2. I will change few things in your configuration and see if these hacks work for mine.

link Grum999  


[2021-05-12] Protective/Anit-glare film investigation: From what I start to see; the overlay is considered as a consumable for XP-Pen? like pen nib? I can't think of something else when I read on their store "pack of two" here: , so give me a month or two with it, and I'll tell you here how robust the first overlay sheet was.

On my Xp-pen 13.3v2, the protection film was dead in few months; don't remember exactly how much time it took, but less than a year. And I don't use my tablet every day, and don't draw more than 3-4h when I use it.

Pen nibs also need to be changed frequently: in fact the problem with film on my side seems to be related to pen nibs, if not changed frequently, the pen nib start to be "sharpened" and scratch the protection film...

As it's my first screen tablet, I was thinking it's normal...
It's not?

It's a good things to see they currently sell official protection film, because last time I tried to buy a new one, none was available on their website. I had to buy one from a generic brand and I'm currently not satisfied (already dead too.. maybe I'm the problem ^_^' )
But their film are a little bit expensive X_X

Otherwise thank for the detailed review; I won't change my current (small) tablet before a while I think, but it's interesting to see that in 2 years the drivers has been a little bit improved (the interface is more shiny) but finally not really improved as it's still needed to use udev&xsetwacom stuff to really be able to have device integrated in system.


link Uber  

Great post!
Your description of the process of configuring the tablet is very insightful. Thanks to it I almost know how to configure my XP-Pen. The only thing I'm not sure about is what does the number in config files stand for. In my folder, I have files couple of files starting with 10-xxx.conf, or 40, 50, 70. Does it determine the order in which the configs get loaded or is it the device type? Should my config start with 60- like yours?

Cheers :)

link David Revoy Author,

Hi, Thanks!
Yes, I assumed too this two digits as prefix were around to manage how files were loaded. After reading ; it looks like this is right. I put mine as last item. I think your config file can start by any number; but the most important is to make it start after the one added by Digimend. I had a 50-digimend.conf in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/ so I took a 60- prefix :-)

link Lewatoto  

Amazing just amazing, you gave me some ideas to try with my Kanvas pro 16 touch strip, did you see the new project that spbnick was working on? it seems that is a kind of driver on user space so no need to install kernel drivers!, i don't know if i can put the links her since are patreon links, so if this it's not allowed I apologize in advance.

Proving a new concept:

Basics proven:

link Vinay  

Thanks David for taking the time to figure this all out and share it with us. I've been using an XP-Pen Deco 02 for since it came out (which must be a couple of years now). Though I pretty much exclusively use it on an MS Windows machine from work (reviewing student .pdf documents and creating vector graphics in Inkscape). I'm quite happy with how it works and love the chunky dial and buttons this model has. I don't think they have another model with a dial so chunky. I consciously went with a drawing tablet without integrated monitor for reasons you mentioned above. Parallax would annoy me and I'd be worried about scratching a display. I use an overlay over my drawing tablet and it is scratched but I don't mind :). Another reason is that I prefer the ergonomics of having my hands low to operate the tablet yet keep my head up to look at the screen. The more crouched posture makes me grumpy real quick. Yes, I don't like to operate touch-screen cellphones either ;).

My personal machine is a PineBook Pro (from Pine64) running Manjaro. I love that both hard- and software are open source projects. I haven't used the XP-Pen on it much except for a short try and merely use it as a pointing device. That said, a year ago when I received this PineBook there wasn't even a dedicated Manjaro driver and now there is. It feels like at this point they're growing faster than they should to do things properly. Which is understandable in a way as I appreciate that more students get access to a pen device to transition to remote learning (for math or other courses where a keyboard is inadequate). So yeah, from that point of view I am willing to accept that software isn't perfect yet. Though of course they should smooth it out eventually. I'm with you in that an open source driver would have been the way to go but then again, with the notion of remote learning in the back of my mind and realizing that a huge part of the students resorting to linux aren't necessarily the software-enthusiasts nor the graphics artists, I've got the feeling that they just quickly ported their closed source drivers to linux to just have something available to that audience. I indeed just hope that now that they've massively expanded their customer base recently, that they realize that they could either make or break their reputation. And indeed considering how much better results a single user (you) here can realize with the currently available open source driver, you'd hope that they'd better just cooperate with the open source community and make the product perform as well as it can!

I'll try the Deco 02 on my Manjaro device again and see how it performs. I now have your documentation and luckily both Pine64 as well as Manjaro have a supportive community to help me out :).

link Flavio  

Bonjour David, merci pour votre review sur cette tablette ^^
Par contre je désirerai avoir votre avis sur la qualité de la "glisse" du stylet sur cette tablette. Je résume mon problème: je possède un ipad pro 12 pouce avec applepencil mais je n'arrive pas bien à dessiner sur cette surface trop glissante malgré après avoir appliqué likepaper 2 dessus. J'ai récemment acheté une tablette sans écran, il s'agit de l'Xpen Pro Deco, celle ci est parfaite au niveau de la glisse, on a cette petite sensation de dessiner avec un crayon sur du papier. Est ce que l'XP-Pen Artist 24 Pro a t'elle la même "glisse" que l'Xpen Pro Deco , Je vous en remercie.

link David Revoy Author,

Bonjour Flavio,
Merci! Alors c'est assez subjectif pour la surface et malheuresement je n'ai pas les même points de références (pour l'iPad Pro et l'XPen Deco). Mais on est très loin d'une friction et d'une sensation crayon sur du papier. En gros, je dirai que c'est très lisse; une des plus lisse que j'ai eu, mais c'est pas glossy/verre non plus. On est sur une sensation de coton-tige sans coton sur un bout de plexiglass légèrement voilé. xD
Ca glisse moyennement (au début, la première heure d'utilisation on sent les plastique trop industriel un peu tester leur elasticité; puis grace au miracle du sebum de la peau ça se lubrifie un peu plus), et ca refléchis fort... l'anti-glare et mieux qu'une vitre, mais loin d'un vrai antiglare. On reste sur une volonté un peu 'Mac' d'écran glossy pour avoir des contrastes fort d'image et un gamma profond. C'est d'ailleurs un point negatif principal à ma review. Ca me fait penser fort à ce que la Cintiq des années avant 2010 (la 21UX) avait. La recherche sur la friction du stylet est apparu plus tard chez eux; avec la Cintiq13HD et 22HD; cette génération. Ici, ça ne me gène pas tant que ça; car en fait; j'aime ça. Même ma Intuos4XL préférée et celle que j'utilise tout le temps même à présent est recouverte d'une surface d'Huion WH1409 très lisse et sensation "bande téflon/satiné". Mais ça ne plaira pas à ceux qui cherchent de la friction: c'est certain.

C'est sur que si je devais faire un investissement sur celle là; ça serait de trouver un bon anti-glare avec un peu de grain. Le soucis, c'est de trouvé quelquechose pas trop fort non plus, à la bonne taille, avec la bonne resistance aux egratignure et avec une pose pas trop galère. En gros, ça fait beaucoup de galère et la vente par correspondance ne permet pas de tester le un echantillon de produit avant... Alors je me contente pour l'instant de la surface de base.

link nek0  

Thanks for this good article. Thanks to this I was able to set up my XP-Pen drawing monitor properly.

link DarioTW  

Hi David,
great looking tutorial - I just got this tablet-monitor,
I installed the driver from Xp-pen and the little app appears all right on my screen, but apart from please connect the device nothing is happening,
I tried your method and my Ubuntu Linux 20.04 is not seeing Xp-P on the 'lsusb' command.
Perhaps I missed something - I was using Wacom 16 with and old Intuos instead of mouse.
So at the moment the Xp-pen24 is working a as second monitor but its pen is not working my my comp,
Any advice you may have greatly appreciated

link DarioTW  

Nota bene in the Displays section of the setting my computer is seeing this XP-P monitor as a 1920-1080 monitor, as if seeing my Wacom 16? I cannot change this configuration
thanks - merci

link DarioTW  

to continue - so Nvidia card does not recognize the resolution 2560x1440,
- I connect the Xp-P hdmi cable to my DP port via converter - DP-0 connected 1920x1080+2560+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 597mm x 336mm
so when I try to fix resolution -via your xrandr command - I get this output: xrandr --newmode "2560x1440R" 241.50 2560 2608 2640 2720 1440 1443 1448 1481 +hsync -vsync
Error of failed request: BadName (named color or font does not exist)
Major opcode of failed request: 140 (RANDR)
Minor opcode of failed request: 16 (RRCreateMode)
Serial number of failed request: 56
Current serial number in output stream: 56
I admit I am at complete loss

link David Revoy Author,

Hey DarioTW! Sorry for late reply, yes; it sounds like your graphic card and driver makes it difficult to connect the QuadHD monitor.
What output
$ xrandr
$ cvt -r 2560 1440
Maybe the HDMI to DP converter requires other specification (I'm trying to guess why xrandr complain about BadName).

link DarioTW  

Heya David,
thanks for answering and all your help en general -
I went and got a different cable, DP to HDMI, but then
I decided to reinstall the system, so I did it yesterday, and this weekend I hope to work around the gaphic monitor problem - I will let you know the outcome,
the prices of new graphic cards are a bit crazy nowadays - bit coin bonanza I guess
enjoy your weekend

link Charlotte  

Bonjour et merci pour cet article ! Je fais partie de la team Ubuntu et Krita aussi, du coup vous allez peut-être pouvoir m'aider un peu...

J'ai monté ma tour d'ordi récemment, et j'ai essayé de suivre la même procédure pour installer ma Huion Kamvas GT-191 V2, ça ne marche pas... Quand j'ai vu que XP PEN faisait des tablettes compatibles avec Ubuntu, je me suis dit que j'allais en prendre une ! Mais vu que les drivers sont pourris, ça m'a bien refroidie !
J'ai une question, pour vous ça a marché avec les drivers DIGImend, c'était un "coup de chance" ? Parce que la XP PEN Artist Pro 24 n'apparaît pas dans la liste des tablettes compatibles ici :
La mienne non plus d'ailleurs...

C'était un hasard que ça marche quand même ? Ou alors il y a un moyen de s'assurer que ça va marcher (avant achat évidemment ^^) ?
Je n'ai pas le budget d'acheter une Wacom, là je peux mettre jusqu'à 600€ grand maxi... Si vous réussissez à m'aider, je m'engage à faire un autel à votre gloire et me prosterner devant chaque jour (on le sent le désespoir là ??).
Bonne journée,

link David Revoy Author,

Bonjour Charlotte,

Alors c'est pas un coup de chance à 100%. En allant sur le site de Digimend (le Github) et en recherchant les bugs/issues (pas la liste de materiel sur le wiki) on pouvait voir que des utilisateur⋅ice⋅s avaient réussi à faire fonctionner la même gamme de modèles. J'ai mis les liens vers le sujet de la 13 Pro, 15 Pro et 22 Pro dans le pied de l'article. Hors, sur les gammes de produits de même génération (eg. la 15, 22, 24 pouces) c'est souvent un paris facile que d'imaginer que les ingénieurs n'ont pas un driver totalement different par modèle. Ce fût le cas ici. Sous le capot, il y a juste une dalle de reconaissance des coordonées fabriqué par la même usine, juste en plus grand, et avec plus de chiffres. Un indice qui aide souvent: le même stylet sur toute la gamme (même si c'est pas une garantie, le signal d'un stylet peut être standardisé pour différentes technologies). Voilà.

Je sais que Huion on fait un driver propriétaire dernièrement. C'est leur réponse à ma demande d'avoir leur matériel compatible sous Linux (iels voulaient que je test leur matos sur Youtube, Linux était ma condition mais à présent, je veux tester que du Free/Libre en driver; les driver proprios avec des durées de vie limité et des possible tracker dedans, non merci.). Ce fût le cas avec d'autres marques qui m'ont fait le même coup: driver proprio.
Le seul moyen de s'assurer que ça marche avant d'acheter pour tout matos sous Linux reste les témoignages sur le net (video Youtube/blog post/sujet sur Reddit). Il faut jauger si la liste de tweaks/workaround est pas trop complexe pour faire tourner la machine. Sinon, la complexité sera sans doute fragilisé avec les updates incessant de l'ecosystème dans son ensemble.

Ici, j'ai rangé ma XP Pen Pro 24 au garage dans sa boite d'origine. J'utilise en ce moment depuis un mois une Intuos Pro Large (sans écran) et je me régale dans l'ensemble (elle bouffe des mines, et la surface est un peu rugeuse à ces débuts).
Aussi, dernier détails, attention si votre session graphique sous Ubuntu est Wayland (par défaut). C'est encore pas fait pour les tablettes et la peinture numérique et Digimend . X11 est plus compatible avec Krita, et Mypaint...etc. C'est un piège récurrent puisque toutes les distributions Linux sont passé plsu ou moins sous Wayland par défaut alors que cette technologie n'a pas encore les fonctionalité pour les graphistes (driver tablettes, colorimétrie/calibration écran).
Bon courage!

link Charlotte  

Oh merci beaucoup !!!! Votre réponse est très claire et détaillée, ça donne des pistes ! Pour ma part, je crois que le problème était bien plus simple que ça : je pense que mon stylet est HS, c'est leur faiblesse chez Huion, après 2 ans d'utilisation intensive il a fini par rendre l'âme. J'attends de recevoir le nouveau pour voir si le problème vient de là.
Vu la guerre d'usure nerveuse avec l'informatique, j'ai fini par installer Windows 10 (pas taper !), et plus tard, dans quelques mois, je repasserai sous Linux :) en tout cas merci ! Et si ma Huion ne fonctionne pas bien malgré le changement de stylet, je changerai de tablette en suivant vos conseils :)
J'avais une Wacom Intuos, pas fan du tout du mode "sans écran", après avoir frôlé la tendinite au bout de 3 ans, la tablette à écran m'a carrément sauvé l'épaule gauche ! Mais je trouve que le côté "rugueux" est plus sympa que le côté lisse des tablettes à écran. Après chacun ses goûts !
En tout cas j'aime beaucoup votre travail !
Merci encore (je vais donc faire un autel à votre gloire hahaha)

link David Revoy Author,

> j'ai fini par installer Windows 10 (pas taper !)

😆 Haha, je suis loin d'être ce genre de puriste qui impose mes challenges perso aux autres. Pas de soucis. Si Win10 est une zone de comfort pour faire plus d'art et vous permets l'indépendance technique alors c'est un bon choix.
Ha oui, les stylets, j'en consomme aussi pas mal. La resistance de la pression du stylet fini toujours par être de moins en moins sensible et les plastiques s'usent aussi.
Merci encore pour les mots sympas!

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