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Old 02-25-2007, 06:59 PM   #1
MukeeWrench
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Why does "Live" boot work on wireless but not Suse


Hi,
I've tried several Linux systems on my wireless connected PC and they all are difficult (re: haven't got one to work yet) but my Knoppix live boot has no problems accessing Firefox.
1. Why is that so, Captain Picard?
2. Why can't whatever Knoppix uses be installed on a hard drive running OS?
Still a rookie at this so answer may be simple but if it can be worked out then it might save a LOT of problems that turn off new users.
BTW, the wireless card is a Netgear WG311T.
As the girl says in Poltergeist, "What's Happening Here?"
 
Old 02-26-2007, 05:03 PM   #2
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I have a Netgear WG311T too. To make it work on a distribution you need to install madwifi. RPM packages are available for openSUSE 10.2, fedora core 6, and madwifi source can be built on loads of other distros (Ubuntu ...).
I believe madwifi can't be provided on open-source Linux distributions as portions of the code, though available for free, are not released under the GPL (open-source license).
 
Old 02-26-2007, 05:20 PM   #3
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"I believe madwifi can't be provided on open-source Linux distributions as portions of the code, though available for free, are not released under the GPL (open-source license)."

The problem in the US is the issue of wifi frequencies. These must be locked for the US market, so that madwifi "taints" the kernel.
 
Old 02-27-2007, 04:35 PM   #4
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Thank you for your help, rjwilmsi. I was just hoping that someone would have an easy answer or I'd plant a bug in someone's head about how to address this issue.
Question...could you throw out all Internet and connectivity programs on a Suse 10.1 and install the Knoppix drivers (right term?) instead?
 
Old 03-06-2007, 04:58 PM   #5
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Hi,
I'm going to be in a Loooong learning stage but wanted to say that after my experience with Knoppix I went shopping for Debian programs (programs, OS's, ?), and found that people seemed to have good luck (good programmers, Bless 'em) with Ubuntu.
Ordered three Linux OS's and tried Ubuntu first. As background, I had issues with not being able to open anything, either with hard drive or various rescue CDs. I put MS-DOS back in finally (seems some IDIOT,me, had changed the BIOS settings). Anyway, before MS could find my wireless card, I installed Ubuntu and here I am back on-line. I AM impressed!
Please, I don't want to hear that OS (fill-in the-blank) is so much better, just wanted to let people know that this newbie had no difficulty in getting going out on the Web.
Thank you for to all those who've worked to make life easier for the next group of Linuxer's.
Hope someday I can offer something back.
Go Linux!
 
Old 03-25-2007, 09:30 PM   #6
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Knoppix 4.02 vs. Knoppix 5.0

A follow up on my Knoppix experience:
The first Knoppix I had was 4.02 and worked fine in wireless, so I tried (bought to support Linux) the newest version (around 5.? in DVD) for all the extra goodies and lo and behold...it won't configure to the same wireless setup that that the old version had NO trouble with.
I'm going to try and make a mixture of the two versions to see what happens, but if anyone knows why this issue occurred, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
Just a little strange, don't you think?
BTW, I've shown a couple of MS-DOS users (one is a hacker) how easy this Linux works and they're very interested in trying it out. A big thank you to all those people who work so selflessly to make this OS such a success.
Now if it would just run my Canon Pixma 960...
 
  


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