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Old 11-23-2008, 11:03 AM   #1
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ibook G4 - Debian Lenny - Network Manager - ppc

This is my first post and I appologize if I am posting in the wrong place. I did my first linux install today on my ibook. I installed Debian Lenny with Xfce4. The install went better than I expected, however I would have expected to have selected 'laptop' along with standard and desktop, but that wasn't one of my choices. So everything works great except there doesn't seem to be a GUI network setting so that I can setup a wireless network. I tried installing Network Manager from Aptitude but I am unsure how to get that to show on my desktop menu. Sorry this is most likely a really dumb question, but in messing with live cd's I was familiar with some sort of network manager. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Old 11-24-2008, 05:38 AM   #2
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Personally I think using a text editor to set up wireless on Debian is the easiest way.

The network configuration file is /etc/network/interfaces.

For wireless you need to install "wireless-tools" and "wpasupplicant"; if you have a console open: apt-get install wireless-tools wpasupplicant

There are numerous posts already on how to set it up and you can also find some tips in /usr/share/doc/wpasupplicant
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wicd works very well, and has no gnome or KDE dependencies (since you mentioned you are running XFCE4).

install directions are on the download page.

Apparently Network manager, does not work with the new Atheros drivers and WPA, but wicd has no trouble. Per the How-to for my Netbook.


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