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I currently have ubuntu on my dell inspiron 17 which I installed myself last year with no IT or linux experience and spent 4 days sorting out the wireless with the help from some very patient people on here. A stupid 'friend' formatted my laptop and now I am without wireless again. I found the old thread that helped me set up the wireless last time but I just can't follow it. I believe it was bcmwl-kernal-source driver I needed. There was some mention on the thread of other distros having the broadcom driver I needed as default, does anyone know which ones?
AFAIK no distribution can have the Broadcom firmware by default due to licensing issues.
If you post your actual problems and what hardware you have I am sure we can help you.
For example, with Ubuntu it is as easy as plugging a wired connection in and choosing the driver in the Additional Drivers application.
If you have a flick through that you'll see it was not as easy at that, no idea why though. I just tried following some but I wasn't getting the same responses from the terminal so I haven't a clue. I need a broadcom driver but I have no idea how to get/install it.