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I want to switch to using Linux on my desktop computer. I am a junior CS student but I don't know much about Linux and the only place I can really use it is at computer labs at school. Last summer I installed Gentoo but I think this was the wrong choice and I didn't get the wireless connection working with it.
Priority 1 for me is setting up my wireless connection. I am looking for a system that I can set up a wireless connection with quickly, with minimum hassle. My wireless adapter is a DLink AirPlus G, with only Windows drivers. My question is:
"What should I look for that will enable me to start using this connection from Linux immediately?"
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As I recall, Gentoo required a working internet connection to install most of its packages. I got ndiswrapper which looks like it might have helped me get the connection working, but installing it required sources to be available which were not, and I'm not sure how I can make them available or even if they are present at all. The only way I can get data to the Gentoo on my computer is by copying it to a CDR in Windows and rebooting, and I have no way of getting data out of Gentoo. This severely limits my ability to do anything useful with the system. On the bright side, it means I haven't put much worthwhile data on Gentoo, so I have no problems with starting over.
I'm looking for a full-featured distribution. I have way more hard drive space than I need or use (80 GB).
By that, do you meen something that will hold your hand? Try Ubuntu.
No, I mean I'd prefer more features over fewer features, space not a concern. More utilities/programs/etc. included in the distribution is better. Not that I'd object to a little ease of use, although one reason I want to start using Linux is to become skilled with Linux. But that's a secondary concern--I need to know what should I get that will allow me to quickly get my wireless adapter working. I'm never going to use a system much if I don't have internet access.
--Is there a distribution that comes with ndiswrapper, or a lot of drivers, one of which might be the right one? Is there a distribution known for including this type of thing?