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well which distro will have the best wireless drivers already set up.
I hate scouring the internet looking for firmware files.
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What has the best wireless out of the box?
A different laptop.

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well which distro will have the best wireless drivers already set up.
I hate scouring the internet looking for firmware files.
If you're running anything recent (which excludes OpenSUSE and possibly Debian) then it should come right up.
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A different laptop.



If you're running anything recent (which excludes OpenSUSE and possibly Debian) then it should come right up.
Well I hate to say this but it looks like ubuntu here I come.
post #24 of 29
PCLinuxOS had the best hardware support out of the box of any distro I tried. It was the only one that worked automatically with my broadcom BCM4312 without any installation. Even Mint/Ubuntu required installing the driver through jockey.

Of course having every driver you could think of just adds to bloat and I didn't really like the distro otherwise.

If you have an Intel card I think just about all of them work out of the box as it's included in the Kernel/
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the BCM4312 has opensource drivers made by broadcom. It's now the broadcom-wl but hasn't been put into the kernel due to conflicting drivers I believe? I don't really keep up on kernel info, I just have the same card and know that it's the wl driver now. [edit] Just saying, it used to be real hard to get to work but now it's way easy.
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the BCM4312 has opensource drivers made by broadcom. It's now the broadcom-wl but hasn't been put into the kernel due to conflicting drivers I believe? I don't really keep up on kernel info, I just have the same card and know that it's the wl driver now. [edit] Just saying, it used to be real hard to get to work but now it's way easy.
Yeah it is not really hard to install the drivers on any system. Arch has them in the AUR, but still not technically working right out of the box. It was somewhat of a paint to re-compile them after every kernel update.

Did you have bad performance with that card? It always seemed to be slower than any other wireless device on the same networks. I always wondered if it was a driver issue or if the card was just not great. I don't have it anymore so I suppose it doesn't matter just curious.
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Yeah it is not really hard to install the drivers on any system. Arch has them in the AUR, but still not technically working right out of the box. It was somewhat of a paint to re-compile them after every kernel update.

Did you have bad performance with that card? It always seemed to be slower than any other wireless device on the same networks. I always wondered if it was a driver issue or if the card was just not great. I don't have it anymore so I suppose it doesn't matter just curious.
It's worked better than any card I've ever used, even with linux. Might have been the drivers, they might have gotten updated. I also use a N based network, so I get the full speeds.
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post #28 of 29
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well im going to try saybyon or however you spell it.
Jolicloud worked right out of the box though lol funny.
Edit: saybeyon worked out of the box as well.
I will prolly stick with this distro for awhile thanks guys.
Edited by konspiracy - 5/16/11 at 5:49pm
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Wow, I'm surprised Sabayon worked, it's about the worst distro for a laptop. I found it bloaty and slow following the install (which is binary-based), and installing software is source-based so will take ages to compile :s

I wouldn't write off Linux Mint, it's got Flash support and mp3 support built in (not sure if Sabayon does or not)
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