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Old 03-28-2005, 06:36 PM   #1
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Best Wireless-Friendly Distribution


I am currently running Red Hat 9, and I'm really frustrated with how much work it is to attempt to set up my Linksys Wireless G Network Adapter (WUSB54G). Long story short, to get it working I will need to upgrade the kernel and then start hacking to get the actual drivers running with the NDIS wrapper.

I was thinking about looking for a new distro anyways, so I thought I would ask opinion on which distrobution people thought was the easiest / most efficient to run a Linksys WUSB54G adaptor through. Any thoughts are welcome.

Thanks
 
Old 03-28-2005, 06:49 PM   #2
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I would say Mandrake. You won't have to mess around with the order in which the services load, like you would
in redhat. This can be fixed with chkconfig service reset.
 
Old 03-28-2005, 06:51 PM   #3
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the blind leading the blind... I use debian and have had good success, gentoo is also well-documented. Both are good options.
 
Old 03-30-2005, 07:34 PM   #4
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I too am looking for a good wireless distro.

I'm using Gentoo right now, and I wouldn't recommend it. It's not set up to allow for wireless network roaming (like with a laptop). To switch networks, I need to boot, edit an init script, restart the network service, then restart the services that needed a network but couldn't find one.

Which distros make networking switching like this easy?
 
Old 03-30-2005, 08:08 PM   #5
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there are better ways to do it with gentoo than the way that you're doing it. You'll probably have a similar experience with other distros if you do it hte same way.

If you don't believe me, try debian, which is awesome, in my opinion (use unstable branch).
 
Old 03-30-2005, 08:19 PM   #6
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I could go unstable on Gentoo and get the ~x86 init scripts (which include wireless roaming), but I want to keep a stable tested system. That means no to Debian unstable as well.
 
Old 03-30-2005, 08:24 PM   #7
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debian unstable is tested and works very relaibly, its comperable to x86 on gentoo. It's not going to randomly break like fedora. Even testing and ~x86 on gentoo work pretty well, I'm not really sure what you're so scared of.
 
Old 03-30-2005, 09:06 PM   #8
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I want something that is, as much as possible, expected to work properly, not something to which the response to breakage is "well, it's unstable, what do you expect"?

Just take it as it is.

What's the best distro that includes (in its stable setup) wireless roaming for laptops?
 
Old 03-30-2005, 09:22 PM   #9
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I've never gotten that response with debian. The latest stable release was in 2002.

No truly stable distribution is going to have support for wireless at all. I suggest you get over the semantics and try something like debian unstable, or testing. Or prepare to wait another 10 years or us e windows 'stable'
 
Old 03-30-2005, 09:40 PM   #10
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How about this:

What's the best *released* distribution with wireless roaming support?
 
Old 03-30-2005, 09:52 PM   #11
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Mandrake has scads of wireless drivers. Can't say that I have ever had it on a laptop to test its roaming ability though.
 
Old 03-31-2005, 06:37 AM   #12
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I currently have red hat 9 on my system and it's impossible to get my wireless adapter working. I downloaded the debain 3.0r4 8 disk set the other night. I haven't got around to burning the CD's yet. It sounds like there is a difference of opinion. Should I download something else or am I going to be OK with this? It is on a desktop machine, i'm only looking for support with a WUSB54G Linksys Adaptor.
 
Old 03-31-2005, 11:05 AM   #13
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I just found [ this ] (dating back to March 4th). It looks like whichever distro you choose, support for the WUSB54G will be poor. The drivers aren't very far along yet (ie: you probably won't find a "released" distro that has them).

In this case, I think debian unstable is probably better than mandrake -- it's not really as "unstable" as you might think. For a point of reference, debian stable is *very* *extremely* stable, but is often considered to be a little bit behind because of it.

Last edited by dping; 03-31-2005 at 11:13 AM.
 
Old 03-31-2005, 11:48 AM   #14
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I have a Dell Inspiron laptop running Mandrake 10.2 rc2. I have ADM8211 cardbus and a usb Prism3. Both work well with the Distribution..., but both required steps beyond the initial install.

For the ADM8211, I down loaded the newest source files at http://aluminum.sourmilk.net/adm8211/ and did a make install. the iwconfig to setup the card. The Prism3 usb uses the linux-wlan-ng drivers and wlanctl-ng to setup the network.

Neither unit plays well with the mandrake configure computer. I am forced to use bash scripts to initialize both connections.
 
Old 03-31-2005, 12:05 PM   #15
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welcome to linux buddy.
 
  


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