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darren at vcoc.co.uk
Mon Oct 29 21:53:15 GMT 2007
Renjith Nair wrote:
> Hi David,
> You are not the only one with wireless issues on Ubuntu. I have helped
> several people to get their wireless working on Ubuntu.. After several
> hours of tweaking when it finally start working, they make a statement
> that ' it is so easy to do this stuff in windows' . Linux users may
> not necessarily agree with this statement, but for an average person
> this is so true.
> Wireless networking is an issue which needs some sorting out from main
> developers in ubuntu. I would say that they have done quite well in
> supporting some of the wireless cards, but still there are some gaps
> to be filled in . Some of the USB wireless cards especially with
> Ralink chipsets are having some problems in Ubuntu. You may need third
> party drivers ( for e.g serialmonkey drivers) to get it running. Even
> after that, you may experience some problems regarding the ehci_hcd
> support (module for USB 2.0) . This hasn't been sorted out yet and
> this is an area we need to focus on.
> If we can't support the common man, ubuntu will not succeed. Before
> thinking a lot about advertisements (TV, BBC, Newspaper) we need to
> sort out these basic issues or atleast make the main developers/
> bug-solvers to look into this matter. If you look into the forums, you
> can see that these are ongoing problems for the past releases too and
> it was never solved completely, even though there has been some
> To have said this, we need to also understand that Ubuntu cannot
> support all wireless cards available in the market as it is a
> herculian task. But atleast we make sure that the commonly available
> cards like Belkin, Linksys, Netgear, edimax etc are supported. We
> can't just blame the manufacturers for not making the linux drivers
> and leave issues like that. We need solutions for this problem. All
> persons won't buy boxes from Tesco and so it is necessary that we have
> to support the commonly available wireless cards, even if the
> manufacturer is not supporting Linux. Difficult task to achieve .. but
> that is the way forward. If the number of linux users increase, the
> manufacturers will be forced to use their resources to make them
> compatible with linux.
> I agree to this statement from davis "It does not matter how good the
> distro is, without the internet, email and printing, the operating
> system has little value"
> On 10/29/07, *davisjo* <davisjo at wanadoo.fr
> <mailto:davisjo at wanadoo.fr>> wrote:
> I like Ubuntu, I think it is the best distro and the highest quality.
> I would also like to see the profile of Ubuntu raised in the
> market place but feel there are some issues in Ubuntu that need
> I have attended night school to learn Ubuntu basics but still
> cannot get my wireless card to work or print something of any
> value. Mandriva has been the easiest to configure with a wireless
> Windows, whether we like it or not is simple. I have read all the
> info in the Wiki about connecting wirelss cards etc but to no
> avail. I am doing something wrong but in the absence of friends
> etc, how do I resolve this problem ?
> I would prefer Ubuntu to resolve the problems of connectivety even
> if that means a small charge for each distro to cover the cost of
> commercial software.Or maybe reduced charge telephone support for
> home users.
> It does not matter how good the distro is, without the internet,
> email and printing, the operating system has little value.
> ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com <mailto:ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com>
Currently the only wireless chipset that is a problem is the Broadcom
bcm43xx . The bcm43xx driver is getting better all the time and
ndiswrapper helps. But its all ok anyway because everything that needs
wifi is going smaller and more Intel.
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