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Old 04-03-2016, 07:42 PM   #1
JohnWWiley
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Broadcom wireless driver support (lack of) across all Linux


Can someone, anyone, please tell me, for the love of all that's good and pure and holy, why Linux developers do not seem to understand that Broadcom wireless cards are ubiquitous? WHY OH WHY do they not include these drivers in the install ISOs? WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? Ands also, where is there actual reliable, correct terminal syntax that actually WORKS to get around this shouldnt-be-a-problem? I'm on perhaps my 20th distro (no embellishment) with this issue, right now Q4OS. Dear God, I am fed up with Linux.
 
Old 04-04-2016, 06:22 PM   #2
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they are not free -- got it?
 
Old 04-04-2016, 06:28 PM   #3
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JohnWWiley,

LQ sticky for Broadcom wireless in Linux:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ux-4175434970/
 
Old 04-04-2016, 07:01 PM   #4
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WHY OH WHY do they not include these drivers in the install ISOs? WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
Hi John...

Welcome to the forum

Trust me, God's got a lot better for you than anger and frustration, I know by personal experience. Take a look at my blog to find out more.

I think a lot of the problem(s) you're describing has to do with licensing issues and OEM's not releasing drivers/firmware for Linux under the GPL or similar licenses, or none at all. "Redistribution" is an aspect to this problem.

If you would like help in getting drivers installed for your Broadcom adapter, please open a terminal and post the results for...

Code:
lspci -nnk | grep -i net -A2
Regards...
 
Old 04-05-2016, 09:40 AM   #5
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BW/UserX - No they're not free, I get that. Appreciate the patronizing tone! ;-) But their availability on repositories is no secret... That's the big joke.

Thank you BB2 and Ardvark. If God is in charge, She's been pretty mean to me on this journey. So, with all due respect for any and all belief systems, I'd like to keep Her out of it. And I am SO frustrated that it'll be a while b4 I crack open the Linux machines again, at which time I'll post the terminal output.

Thanks, all, for the willingness to help.

- JW
 
Old 04-05-2016, 09:44 AM   #6
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Honestly, if you're not willing to work a little bit, then Linux probably isn't for you. Linux is not Windows.
 
Old 04-05-2016, 09:49 AM   #7
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So, Eric, you question my willingness to "work a little bit?" That's really something. An amazing comment, not helpful at all, but critical, and close to impugning my character. You've no clue at all how hard I work, on this, or anything. I'd appreciate not hearing from you again.
 
Old 04-05-2016, 09:51 AM   #8
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No problem, have a good one.
 
Old 04-05-2016, 10:03 AM   #9
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No problem, have a good one.
Thank you and goodbye.
 
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:06 AM   #10
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they are not free -- got it?
Seriously? Please, BW, I'd also like not to hear from you again. TYIA.

Last edited by JohnWWiley; 04-05-2016 at 10:07 AM.
 
Old 04-05-2016, 10:11 AM   #11
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John, I gave you some Rep points. Please use yum install to get them.

Ok, I'm done.
 
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Old 04-05-2016, 10:19 AM   #12
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This is an experience. I've had four members respond on this thread. Two were merely poking their fingers in my eye, and the other two attempted to be helpful. Of those two tries to assist, one is preaching God to me, which is an utterly lost cause, and has nothing to do with my raison d'etre here.

Fascinating.

I think I may find something useful in the sticky. TY for that, BB2. And, ardvark, really, thank you, I just don't want you wasting your energy on my soul. It'll be ok. The driver is BCM43142, 802.11, 14e4:4365 rev 01. If I haven't run you off, I'll be pleased if you do review the addtl output, which I'll post soon.
 
Old 04-05-2016, 11:04 AM   #13
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This is an experience. I've had four members respond on this thread. Two were merely poking their fingers in my eye, and the other two attempted to be helpful. Of those two tries to assist, one is preaching God to me, which is an utterly lost cause, and has nothing to do with my raison d'etre here.
Just ignore him. He spams that Jesus crap in every thread he can since he signed up here two months ago. I am utterly fascinated why the mods haven't shut it down, it doesn't belong in technical threads and is grossly offensive to a number of members.

As for your problem, blame Broadcom. Their willingness to supply Linux drivers for their chipsets has always been terrible and WELL behind the curve. You will have to work to get it running correctly, and the instructions will not be the same for every machine since there is no one all-inclusive driver. If you intend to use Linux on a machine, it's best to choose a machine with compatible hardware from the start. Most peripherals won't cause a problem, where you run into trouble is wifi and video. Intel-anything is generally good to go, Broadcom is a no-no.

I'm sorry this advice isn't too helpful at this stage in your problem, just know that it's not the fault of the Linux devs, it's the fault of Broadcom's driver department. It's generally best to avoid their products on-the-whole until they get their act together. Same goes for ATI video cards for the most part.
 
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Old 04-05-2016, 11:41 AM   #14
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Thanks, Eggroll (sorry, I just can't call you "Suicidal," lol). Hard to be choosy about hardware when your goal is to refresh what you already have. But I entirely get that Broadcom is the bad/non-actor. Nevertheless, the Debian Social Contract seems a little rigid. Meh... I've found distros that do indeed contain the driver support in the ISO, but there seems no real rhyme nor reason. Generally 64 bit OSs are more likely to, with Zorin, Mint, and Ubuntu leading, in my observation. And I have found differing syntax for everything, all after identifying my specific driver, architecture and revision. I've learned enough on the fly just to be dangerous and make a fool of myself, so here I am.

As to Vark, to me, more clutter than insult. But this is certainly not the place to crowbar in one's spirituality. Mods do what they do. Se la vie.
 
Old 04-05-2016, 12:06 PM   #15
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Try MX-15, based on Debian stable with specific Broadcomm support built in...

http://www.mepiscommunity.org/mx
 
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