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Old 09-11-2020, 10:58 AM   #1
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Trisquel and Antix no wifi


As a linux fan, I always try to test the lightest general purpose desktop distro.
Coreplus is very lightweight, however, it is not good for every day use.
So there is Antix and Trisquel. The two distros have a common problem with wifi.
It is not already functional. The scanning and listing of wifi networks is not automatic through the desktop bar.

So when I install it, I canít have access to internet because I have no wired internet, only wifi!
This is a basic feature every distro should have.

I would really like to see Antix or Trisquel as my daily driver. It is not there yet!

Thank you

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Trisquel consists totally of free software and if your wireless adapter requires proprietary drivers it will not be supported.

antiX uses ceni for its default network manager tool which is a command line only and requires manual setup. You can enable wicd which has an applet and more of an automatic switching feature between networks which is probably what you want to use.

I have not played with Tiny Core so I am unfamiliar with how its wireless is configured in its Core Plus version. Also again without knowing the make/model of your wireless makes it difficult because several adapters like Broadcom require special drivers/firmware which are not automatically included with many distributions.

Distributions like Ubuntu and Mint include many proprietary drivers by default or you can select to use them or not during installation. These distributions are usually more functional "out of the box" because they tend to install "everything" then the minimal distributions you have picked. Also some of the lightweight utilities do not have all the features like you find in the bigger distributions so it takes more effort like manual wireless configuration.
Old 09-11-2020, 12:54 PM   #3
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AntiX - Use the 'base' version for a lightweight distro - (though 'core' should find your wifi too).

(Check to see if a driver has been loaded for your card.)

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Old 09-11-2020, 07:40 PM   #4
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If you run the command lspci (list pci devices) from a terminal, it should report what wireless chipset is in this box. You may have to run the command as root.

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In my experience the kernel usually reports (via dmesg) if it has failed to find a particular firmware file that a wifi card has requested. That's how I discovered how to get a broadcom card to work on my previous laptop.

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