Re: [linux-dell-laptops] wireless for Linux distros
- This is Linux. Why pay for something when you can use ndiswrapper for free? I
have used it for years with relatively little trouble.
I would always download the latest ndiswrapper and compile it yourself. Also
check their list of drivers against the type of card you have.
If you really want to be brave you can use the 2.6.17 version of the kernel.
It has support for a lot more kinds of wireless cards than previous versions.
Specifically it adds support for the Broadcom wireless chip set.
On Monday 07 August 2006 4:06 pm, twasserman wrote:
> There are several ways that you can go from here.
> As you know, most of the drivers are closed source.
> While Intel has released an open source driver for
> their wireless card, it's nontrivial to download,
> compile, and install. On top of that, you have to
> download wpa_supplicant if you want to have good
> wifi security.
> One alternative is to try the Linuxant driverloader
> solution, available at http://www.linuxant.com.
> Basically, it wraps your Windows WiFi driver so that
> you can use it with Linux. You get a free download
> and a 30 day trial to make sure that it works on your
> machine. After that, it's $20 for a perpetual license.
> I would note that you normally have to update the
> installation every time that you install a new kernel.
> Beyond the $20 though, you have the ethical decision
> as to whether you are willing to have a commercial
> driver running on your open source platform. (You have
> the same issue for some of the graphics drivers and
> some DVD players.)
> If this is not an issue for you, there are some
> distros that bundle proprietary drivers with the
> distro. Linspire (http://www.linspire.com) and
> the related open source Freespire (http://www.freespire.org)
> are Debian-based and provide updates through the
> CNR (click and run) feature. Novell has recently
> released SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, available from
> You can download a trial for SUSE, but you eventually
> have to pay for the YaST update service.
> Tony Wasserman
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Chad Sutton wrote:
> This is Linux. Why pay for something when you can use ndiswrapperJust because it's possible to get much of the Linux work out there
> for free?
without paying doesn't mean you always should. Developers put in a
lot of unpaid time developing those nifty new pieces of software, and
their landlords probably don't accept secondhand online kudos as payment.
If you use a distro past a trial run, pay some money for it. Paypal
$25 to the developers or something. Especially the one-man
trailblazers like DamnSmall.
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