The Wacom driver has two components. The kernel driver and the X driver. The kernel driver/module wacom.ko is what part I. is compiling. The frankenserver patch is for the X driver in part II.
In the unpacked input-wacom folder see if there is a folder called 2.6.38. Open it. In it you should see newly compiled files including wacom.ko. Do you see wacom.ko?
I'm wondering if the problem with the copy (cp) command isn't with the different spelling of kernel you seem to have. Although the instructions from the compile output and your version of the HOW TO both seem to have your alternate spelling. The HOW TO uses kernel with a second e instead of the a you seem to have. Do you even see the small case E when I type it seperately instead of in kernel? Your posts show small case E to me except in kernel I guess. So my suggestion is to use nautilus and work your way down the directory tree and see if it matches the one in the copy command.
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or is kernel spelled with two e's? And does 3.2.0-23-generic
match the output in a terminal of?
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What I previously tried (before posting here) resulted in messages that what I was installing was already installed.
That sounds like you were installing packages from the repositories. And Update Manager was telling you they were already installed. In which case there shouldn't be a issue. The problem with a PPA is some of them install a dkms (dynamic kernel module support) implementation of the wacom.ko. That's great because it means you don't have to recompile the module with every kernel update, the dkms does it automatically for you. But they tend not to explain that their dkms wacom.ko will overwrite any wacom.ko you compile. This is especially a problem when the PPA is installing an older version of input-wacom that doesn't support the tablet. Naturally enough when just starting out folks tend not to know which version of input-wacom they need for support. So people have gone weeks with a wacom.ko from a PPA that doesn't support their tablet. Everytime they compile a newer wacom.ko that would work the PPA wacom.ko prevents it from working and they don't know why.