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Old 11-23-2008, 10:03 AM   #1
BoydRice
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ibook G4 - Debian Lenny - Network Manager - ppc


Hello,
This is my first post and I appologize if I am posting in the wrong place. I did my first linux install today on my ibook. I installed Debian Lenny with Xfce4. The install went better than I expected, however I would have expected to have selected 'laptop' along with standard and desktop, but that wasn't one of my choices. So everything works great except there doesn't seem to be a GUI network setting so that I can setup a wireless network. I tried installing Network Manager from Aptitude but I am unsure how to get that to show on my desktop menu. Sorry this is most likely a really dumb question, but in messing with live cd's I was familiar with some sort of network manager. Any help is greatly appreciated.

-Boyd
 
Old 11-24-2008, 04:38 AM   #2
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Personally I think using a text editor to set up wireless on Debian is the easiest way.

The network configuration file is /etc/network/interfaces.

For wireless you need to install "wireless-tools" and "wpasupplicant"; if you have a console open: apt-get install wireless-tools wpasupplicant

There are numerous posts already on how to set it up and you can also find some tips in /usr/share/doc/wpasupplicant
 
Old 11-24-2008, 08:13 AM   #3
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wicd works very well, and has no gnome or KDE dependencies (since you mentioned you are running XFCE4). http://wicd.sourceforge.net/

install directions are on the download page.


Apparently Network manager, does not work with the new Atheros drivers and WPA, but wicd has no trouble. Per the How-to for my Netbook.
 
  


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