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"Distro" is short for "distribution." Fedora is a distro. Other examples include Debian, Ubuntu, Slackware, etc.
A "tarball" is slang for a Tape ARchive file created with the tar command. These usually have file names ending with .tar. Frequently they are compressed and the filename ends with .tar.gz or .tar.bz2. Occasionally (TMK, mostly in the Microsoft world) the suffix .tgz will be used instead of .tar.gz. It is quite common to distribute source code as tarballs although they can be used with any type of files. The tar utility is also used to unpack these after you have downloaded them.
also, i cant get internet access, does this mean i cant download madwifi? (i am using my old computer because i cannot get internet access on my new one)
There should be a way to download these with the computer that does have Internet access and then transfer them to your Fedora computer either over an ethernet connection or on a flash drive. I'm not familiar with yum, so I'll let XavierP fill you in on the details of how that is done.
so are you saying there is a way to get madwifi to work with a intel chipset? if so what would i need to do after installing madwifi?
I'll also let XavierP field these questions as he has much more knowledge about this than I do.
(,y emphasis) which is what the madwifi drivers were written for.
If you don't have an internet connection on this machine, you will need to run a search on an internet connected machine for "madwifi rpm download" and save the .rpm file(s) to disk and then transfer them to the machine with a wireless card. Install the .rpms with
Assuming you don't have a 64bit processor, the top two are the ones you want, the rest are older versions and you should only try them if the newer ones don't work. This will install drivers for your wireless card and you can then use Network Manager to configure the connection.
any websites that will help with configuring a network? I have all of the routers info that I would need to create a conection Im just not sure which info to use, if there is some kind of guide to help with this that would be very helpful, and thanks XavierP for all of your hhelp with this, thanks again
I believe you are just trying to connect to an access point (your Mom's wireless "router"). If your driver is in place and functioning, if you click nm-applet (probably up right-hand corner) you should see the access point listed. Clicking that will (if needed) bring up a dialog box asking you for the authentication info (passphrase) needed to connect.
ok, turns out i cannot download madwifi-0.9.4-41.fc8.i386.rpm without an internet connection, i tried yum install and other things but i need a internet connection to download those packages, any help?