Finally, the good news. Huion is now officially providing Linux compatibility with some of its pen displays and pen tablets. Before this, there was a serious amount of elbow grease involved in order to use a pen tablet on open source platforms like Linux. Moreover, there was no surety whether it will work completely fine or not.
That said, assured compatibility with Linux by a renowned graphic tablet company, Huion, adds to the versatility of pen tablets. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced digital creator, Huion has pen tablets as well as pen displays for all.
You can find which Huion pen tablets and pen displays are going to support Linux below.
List of Huion Tablets Compatible With Linux
- Huion HS64
- Huion Inspiroy H430P
- Huion Inspiroy H640P
- Huion Inspiroy H950P
- Huion Inspiroy H420X
- Huion Inspiroy H580X
- Huion Inspiroy H610X
- Huion Kamvas 12 (GS1161)
- Huion Kamvas 13 (GS1331)
- Huion Kamvas 16 (GS1561) Previous Version
- Huion Kamvas 16 (GS1562) 2021 Version
- Huion Kamvas Pro 12 (GT-116)
- Huion Kamvas Pro 13 (GT-133)
- Huion Kamvas Pro 16 (GT-156)
- Huion Kamvas Pro 20 (GT-192)
Huion’s almost all classic Inspiroy series pen tablets will come with Linux platform compatibility. Nevertheless, Huion has claimed that it is soon bringing compatibility to its other devices as well. That also means, that if you’re still using an older Huion device and it’s not listed in the above list, you’re likely going to be benefited.
However, it’s important to note that, the listed Huion pen tablets and displays will only support Ubuntu Linux. That said, if you want to use any other distro for your Huion graphic tablet, you’ll have to find other ways to use Linux.
Huion is also claiming that it’s trying to widen the compatibility over the entire Linux platform. But Huion has not specified dates on this. Until then, we have to rely on the manual approach to install Linux drivers.
Since the platform in question is an open-source distro, there are many different ways you can try. One of the common ways is to use community projects on Github like DIGImend.
These community projects provide Linux drivers, desktop environments, and libraries pertaining to your Huion or Wacom pen tablets and displays. This makes it easier for you to use your graphic tablets and adds convenience.
Well, you may also wonder ‘why’ you would use the Linux platform in the first place and why you need to follow a bunch of instructions only to use your tablet! If you’re using Linux OS on your devices, you know the answer to the former question.
In fact, it’s an individual preference of a platform and big names in graphic tablets ought to provide compatibility with one of the most used platforms.
Further addressing the latter concern, when you are installing different drivers and use libraries and desktop environments, it allows you to use your tablet more effectively. For instance, you get access to manual keyboard mapping on the stylus you’re using.
All in all, understanding and following this nitty-gritty will only improve user experience and further, your productivity and enjoyment.
Moreover, this is a good move by Huion. While there exist Wacom digital tablets, we’d recommend you to choose Huion over it as a beginner. The reasoning behind this is that Wacom offers fewer choices than Huion. Meaning, as a beginner, you have more options available.
Plus, Wacom’s alternatives by Huions are cheaper. That being said, Huion’s compatibility with Linux will be super beneficial for beginner graphic designers.