I recently migrated to Mint 14 with MATE desktop (love it, great job!) and bought myself a Wacom Intuos5 tablet (standard non-touch variant).
The tablet was recognized and worked out of the box, but I didn't find any configuration tools for it. So I proceeded to compile and install xf86-input-wacom-0.18 package. Now I can configure some of the tablet settings through the xsetwacom utility, but I still have some issues:
1.) I can't find a way to set the cursor speed in relative mode. This mode is completely unusable for me, because the cursor is moving too fast. I've tried to set several parameters (found through searching the net), like: SpeedLevel, Speed, RSpeed... but none of them are recognized in this version of xsetwacom.
2.) I miss a GUI utility for MATE. The gnome-control-center has a GUI utility that recognizes my tablet but if I change the settings there, they are not applied. mate-control-center has no such GUI for Wacom tablets, so this is something that should be patched in the future versions.
3.) Since there is no GUI utility that would map tablet layout to script identifiers, I have a hard time understanding which buttons on the tablet correspond to the button identifiers for the xsetwacom utility. There are 9 buttons on the tablet, but which is which? Is the center button named "1", or is the top one "1". Also if I try to set anything beyond button "3", it gives me an error:
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Unsupported offset into 'Wacom Button Actions' property.
The drivers integrated into the kernel make a nice difference, where you just plug in your device and it works. But the lack of a user friendly way to set up your device, puts the Linux experience back into the "waste hours googling around for solutions" corner.