Originally Posted by serious7
ok so basicly im a newb to linux(nothing new here lol). I want to install linux because computer is really slow with windows and im sick of always having to restart pc to clear ram. I want to do a dual-boot with suse and windows after formating my computer and I don't think that would be a problem for me as i had dual-booted with 2 windows versions before. What i do not know is which version of linux should I use that's right for me. I have a wireless usb card from atmel which might cause problems for me. I googled up keywords "atmel + suse" and it lead me directly to the site with the pre-requesits needed for the driver to work. Unfortunately im not allowed to post links until having 3 posts in this forums which i think is merely a waste of time as 3 posts wouldn't mean anything. 3 posts is as little as 1 post no? lol.
Now what i want to know is what does 2.6.x kernel mean and how do i get "2.6.x kernel". When i meant linux newbie i really meant linux newbie lol! Which version of suse holds this "kernel" and from that site which driver do i download because there is a big list. And if anyone can walk me through with the steps for installing my card, I would greatly appreciate it.
Well I don't know if SuSE will be the answer, theres 3 different distros I'd suggest when starting out, Mandriva, SuSE and Ubuntu (well, Kubuntu actually the only difference being that Ubuntu is gnome based and Kubuntu is kde based, and if you've only basically used windows before, then you'd probably feel more "at home" with kde IMO).
The wireless thing? I've not used any wireless (as a former military communicator, I fully understand the short comings of such high frequency ranges and their associated hazards) I prefer wired networks - much safer. Anyway, if you found that the wireless chipset isn't supported directly, then theres probably the "ndiswrapper" route - I seem to recall it's a method of configuring wireless devices but using the windows driver - I don't know how that would work though. In their order of release, i.e. most recently (K)Ubuntu, then SuSE (#10.1) and the oldest being Mandriva 2006 - I'd have thought that you might have more success trying one of the "Buntu's". Hell, download all three and try them, it would give you an idea of which distro you prefered as well as to whether any of them support the wireless thing.
As for the 2.6 kernel thing, most of the big distros use the 2.6 series kernels now, though some offer you a choice as to which one you might want to install - e.g. Kubuntu will install (currently) 2.6.15-25-386 or 2.6.15-25-686 (well actually I've had both at the same time). I seem to recall that 2.6 is default for most distros. The 2.4 series is still available, but I would suggest that you didn't go down that route as it's likely that there may be some hardware issues, particularly as you mention that you wanted to get wireless device(s) working.
Having just done a quick google for wireless+usb+atmel+linux, it kicked this
up, and offers the options for both i.e. a linux driver for the wireless card or ndiswrapper - note the article says about ndiswrapper being available as source or as a debian package - Ha! theres your answer for what distro to try first - The "Buntu's" (thats Ubunut/Kubuntu/Xbuntu) are debian based so it shouldn't be any hardship to get it working!
As I mentioned with the kernel thing - the ones that the Buntu's offer are architecture dependant i.e. my pentium 4 system can use either the i386 or i686 version (as pointed out above) but it's obvious that I'd probably want to make use of the better (read that as more up to date) facilities offered by a i686 based one.
The choice is yours my friend.
p.s. Oh, and the 3 posts rule? I think it's basically to discourage spammers and trolls!