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Old 09-18-2010, 09:06 PM   #1
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Question Live linux distro with more wifi drivers


Hello,

I am looking for a live linux distro that is able to recognize more hardware by "default" without installation. For example, when I borrow a laptop/netbook, I want to be able to boot the live linux distro and be able to have wireless access to internet (at least most of the time).

I know how to get the wireless working if I have internet access to begin with, but sometimes I do not have a wired connection or am not allowed to install stuff.

I would like to try many live distros on different laptops, but it would be hard to convince other people to give me their laptops to do that; so I would really appreciate your help.

Thanks

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Old 09-18-2010, 09:43 PM   #2
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this is not about the distro this is a kernel question. since all the hardware drivers are in the kernel. Read this And realize when you post to the open community you may be talking to the people that maintain and write the drivers. check this out.here
the linux kernel went over a million lines years ago. uncompressed kernel is about 350 mb and completely compiled is over a gig of drivers.
it is up to you to learn the very basics to utilize this knowledge.
 
Old 09-18-2010, 10:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for your prompt response.

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this is not about the distro this is a kernel question
But the link you give (Linux Hardware Compatibility Lists) has the list by distros (at least the beginning), not kernels. Why?

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And realize when you post to the open community you may be talking to the people that maintain and write the drivers.
I realize that. What is the problem with asking a question? I don't see your point there.

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completely compiled is over a gig of drivers.
Thanks for that information, that means that it is small enough to fit in a "regular" thumb drive.

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it is up to you to learn the very basics to utilize this knowledge.
Are you saying that I should create my own live linux distro? If so, it would seem that you answered my question "Live linux distro with more wifi drivers" by saying 'go create your own' (not that it is a bad answer, by the way).


Thanks

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Old 09-18-2010, 11:06 PM   #4
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Knoppix is a well-known live-centric distro with good hardware support.
 
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:54 AM   #5
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My object was to let you have all the info. it is up to you to read why.
 
Old 09-19-2010, 08:57 AM   #6
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Take a look at puppy
http://puppylinux.org/main/index.php...%20Started.htm

Kind regards
 
Old 09-19-2010, 09:01 AM   #7
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Knoppix is a well-known live-centric distro with good hardware support.
I second the motion on Knoppix. Mint might be a second choice. At one time I might have said Suse, but now I will not touch it with a ten foot pole.
 
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:20 AM   #8
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I could show you how to make your own,etc with various kernels
in the ones I make, and I'm no expert
I try to put in all the drivers I can

I can point you to kernel sources allowing you to create a good livecd/usb,etc
too
 
Old 09-19-2010, 07:47 PM   #9
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I will try Knoppix. When I have more time and experience I will try to make my own.

Thanks
 
Old 09-19-2010, 08:09 PM   #10
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I have a small usb device that I know works. Just bring it every time you bring the live cd. That way you don't guess.
 
  


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