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Any Linux drivers for Realtek lan ports out there? Can't find any redface.gif
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Realtek is kind of generic.... Make/Model? Need more info, if your in linux lspci might give us what we need. I think there is another command, unsure.
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That's all I can give, everywhere else I check just says Realtek Adapter
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post #4 of 14
Realtek is pretty well supported in Linux. Mint should detect it upon start up.

run the following
Code:
dmesg | more
and have a read through that to see if anything jumps out (pressing enter to scroll down or space to jump down a page).

It's more likely that your NIC is being detected but not added in udev or your network manager (whatever you're using) isn't DHCPing it for whatever reasons.
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I'm not actually running Mint yet, i'm just preparing biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by White Fire View Post

I'm not actually running Mint yet, i'm just preparing biggrin.gif

Ahh right. you can't apply the same Windows administration mentality to Linux as architecturally (and philosophically) they couldn't be more different. So here's a few tips to learn before you get started:
  1. Don't worry about 3rd party drivers! Linux will come with almost all the drivers you could possibly need included and already up to date. The only occasion you may need to manually change drivers are: (1) if you want to run proprietary graphics card drivers - however Mint should come with a very simple "point and click" GUI where it will download and install the drivers for you. (2) if you're unlucky and there are no open source drivers for your specific hardware (usually a case with wireless). However these cases are pretty rare as generally Linux supports more hardware than Windows (albeit not always making best use of advanced hardware acceleration in the case of top-end gaming gear).
  2. Don't download / install software manually! There are these things called "software repositories" which basically work the same as Android's / iOS's app market. This will automatically download and install your software for you (and in many cases, already configured for you too). Manually downloading and installing software for Linux will cause you a whole world of pain, but thankfully Ubuntu / Mint have nearly all the software you could need already added to their repositories. So just start "Software Centre" (or whatever Mint calls it's app manager) search for an approximation of the sort of program you want and then download the app with the highest number of stars
  3. Don't worry about the file system / where apps install! In windows, understanding your file system can be essential for running a clean system. In Linux it's unnecessary until you start heading down the road of server administration. All you need to know is that /home/ is Linux's equivelent of /Users (on Windows7), /etc is the equivalent of Windows registry (loosely speaking) and all applications install to locations that can be launched from any folder (exactly like how Windows apps in c:\windows\ can be run from any folder). Everything else is pretty unimportant for entry level users. However if you really run into problems, the /var/log holds all the system logs (much like Windows Event Viewer).
post #7 of 14
^ Pretty much said it all. Agree with all of those and so so so much more agree with 2 and 3 as those are the biggest issues I see with new users.
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Aha, I see..
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yeah, the only things I've had to manually install on my cent os server were the nvidia driver set, and a few programs I compiled from source because the software is open source, and didn't have a install RPM availble (handbrake was only make installable for ubuntu or something, so I compiled form source). Everything else generally can be gotten from extra repositories (EPEL, RPMforge, ETC).
 
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by herkalurk View Post

yeah, the only things I've had to manually install on my cent os server were the nvidia driver set, and a few programs I compiled from source because the software is open source, and didn't have a install RPM availble (handbrake was only make installable for ubuntu or something, so I compiled form source). Everything else generally can be gotten from extra repositories (EPEL, RPMforge, ETC).

I'm surprised handbreak isn't available as an RPM as it's a widely used app. Did you check for other CentOS repositories that might have these kind of tools? Did you try Fedora to see if that has a compatible RPM?

Also it's not down to the software developer to port the app, it's down to the distro maintainers to port and package the app. eg the handbreak developers will release the source (and maybe one or two pre-compiled packages if they're feeling generous) and Ubuntu, ArchLinux, Fedora (and so on) will compile and package for their respective distributions.
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