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Ubuntu 9.10 has also got the driver already in the distribution.
Just for curiosity, did you ever succeed in installing this driver, AR81Family-linux-v184.108.40.206.tar.gz in your distribution. I had tried it in ubuntu 8.10 but never succeeded.
By the way, if I am not wrong, you are using Slackware.
Do you find it better than other distribution.
I would like to try installing it.
Would you recommend it?
I have no atheros devices, and so have no idea at all how well they work, or how this driver works, or even if I can build it without troubles on my system; I've never tried.
I am using Slackware, yes, and have been for over 3 years. I did try a few other Linux distros before settling on Slackware, but they didn't really do it for me. So, yes I like & prefer it. Occasionally I install another one out of curiosity, but I rarely boot them up much or toy with them..
Do I recommend it? Sure, if you would enjoy a distro that you can really get into the works of; if enjoy configuring a lot of things by hand, learning how things work inside, and like a distro that has a great community & super stability & lots of packages. Definitely. It isn't for everyone, but it won't hurt you to install it if you have the space, and take a look.
I don't think it's fair to say "Linux" is moving towards like Windows.. More accurate might be: "Ubuntu" is moving towards like Windows, and doing a good job of it too.
Slackware more difficult to use than some other distros? Maybe.. Out of the box, there is usually more stuff to be configured, and less clicky-GUI thingies to do it with. But once you get stuff set up how you like, it can be as easy to use as any other distro that you have set up how you like-- but it certainly can take a lot of time and fiddling around, depending on how fussy you are, and how many apps and tools you need configured, and to what extent you want them configured.
Slackware is not like Windows -- however, with the new KDE Desktop Environment, I figure a lot of different Linux OS's (including Slackware) can give the user a "Windowsy" sort of look & feel, i.e. more sluggish feeling, maybe bloaty, and a fair bit of eye-candied shiny stuff compared to other desktop environments.
Everyone will have a different opinion -- some people hate a Slackware-like distro, and others really enjoy it. I can't say if you'll like it, it's too subjective. You just have to try it and see!
if you would like the posts in this thread, which are discussing Slackware (and not the atheros driver) to be moved off to a separate thread of their own, just hit the report button and ask one of us to prune them off and make a new thread.
I thought of this because we're drifting off-topic here. Up to you
Thank you for your advice and comment on using Slackware and linux in general.
I got my Mandriva One 2009 i586 start booting again after some problem with the Grub bootloader about a week ago.
It cannot connect to the internet on the Gigabyte S-series G31M-ES2L motherboard. I would like to download the AR81Family-linux-v220.127.116.11.tar.gz again and try to install it and let you know how it goes later on.
and selected the file: AR81Family-linux-v18.104.22.168.tar.gz (which says it is 131k in size)
Then agree to that license stuff and presto, it downloaded.
I don't quite understand your last post, beyond what I just wrote; is that not the driver version you want?
The link you give me bring me to a site which has AR81Family-linux-v22.214.171.124.tar.gz not the AR81Family-linux-v126.96.36.199.tar.gz driver. I cannot get to download AR81Family-linux-v188.8.131.52.tar.gz. Whenever I click on Agree on the Licence Agreement, the download just would not start. It brings me back to the same page where I have to Agree to the Licence Agreement again. I had tried many times and the same thing would happened again and again. There is no problem downloading AR81Family-linux-v184.108.40.206.tar.gz. The downoad is very fast but I don't know if it can be use. Which version, v220.127.116.11 or v18.104.22.168, should I install. I did tried install v22.214.171.124 on ubuntu 8.10 and it stopped my computer from booting.
I cannot advise which version of the driver you should use. Usually in a case like this, I personally would go for the newer version (assuming that the version numbers do actually indicate new-ness, as opposed to indicating a different driver). So, if it were me, I would use the 126.96.36.199 driver.
However! Sometimes, for any number of reasons, one version or the other, do not work for people, in which case, use the other one.
My advice: start with the new version, and if it does not work, try the older one.
I have no idea why installing either driver would prevent your computer from booting, unless perhaps there was some sort of hardware/device conflict during boot, or maybe because the device was activated and was trying to get an IP address from DHCP during boot, and it could not find one, so it hung for a while.
The first time I tried to download their driver, I too found that it kept sending me back to the download page. I had to reload the page and start at the beginning. After that, it downloaded.
I extract AR81Family-linux-v188.8.131.52.tar.gz to a folder on the desktop and navigate into the folder where the Makefile is, and type "make".
This what I get:
[wstay@localhost ~]$ su
[root@localhost wstay]# cd /home/wstay/Desktop/
[root@localhost Desktop]# ls
AR81Family-linux-v184.108.40.206.tar.gz* Text File
Installing software from source in Linux - 1.2 _files/ Text File~
Installing software from source in Linux - 1.2 .html upgrade.desktop
[root@localhost Desktop]# cd A
[root@localhost Desktop]# cd AR81Family-linux-v220.127.116.11
[root@localhost AR81Family-linux-v18.104.22.168]# ls
atl1e.7* at_osdep.h* dkms.conf* Makefile* readme* src/
atl1e.spec* copying* ldistrib.txt* pci.updates* release_note.txt*
[root@localhost AR81Family-linux-v22.214.171.124]# make
bash: make: command not found
I change into the /scr directory and post the following command:
[root@localhost AR81Family-linux-v126.96.36.199]# cd src/
[root@localhost src]# ls
at_common.h* atl1c_main.c* atl1e_main.c* Makefile*
at_common_main.c* atl1c_param.c* atl1e_param.c* Module.markers*
atl1c_ethtool.c* atl1e_ethtool.c* at_osdep.h* modules.order*
atl1c.h* atl1e.h* kcompat.c* Module.symvers*
atl1c_hw.c* atl1e_hw.c* kcompat_ethtool.c*
atl1c_hw.h* atl1e_hw.h* kcompat.h*
[root@localhost src]# make
bash: make: command not found
[root@localhost src]# make install
bash: make: command not found
Still no luck to get the driver to install.
So what would you suggest the next step I should do?