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Linux distro installs

Posted 03-10-2009 at 01:39 PM by unixfool

I bought a Dell Mini 9 about a week ago.

I had issues getting it to connect to my home WAP. The first thing I do when I've such issues is to determine what's going on, usually by sniffing the network interface.

Tcpdump wasn't installed! This is the second time I've seen a default install not include such a critical piece of software. I installed Suse about a year ago and noticed the same thing.

I ended up going to my router and jacking the Dell into it so that I could get the tcpdump package, just so I could troubleshoot...WTF. It's not like this tool is too heavy to include in a base install. The Dell came with all these games and needless software installed...no idea why a networking tool couldn't have been installed. Then again, maybe the Dell Ubuntu dev team is clueless. Then again again (LOLZ), maybe the real Ubuntu isn't installing this package by default also.

I'll begin to post my Dell adventures here.
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