[Wolves] What to Install advice

Dave Morley davmor2 at davmor2.co.uk
Wed Feb 15 17:17:38 UTC 2012

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On 15/02/12 17:11, Adam Sweet wrote:
> On 15/02/12 16:52, Barry W wrote:
>> Hi folks.
>> I'm thinking of installing a linux distro on an old Dell
>> Inspiron 2200 laptop (with expanded ram). This had the Broadcom
>> B43 chipset for the wifi which I understand can be tricky with
>> some flavours of linux.
>> So my question: Which is the better option Ubuntu (i'm told
>> version 11 is not great but the version 10 LTS is fine) or
>> Debian? Or is there a better option out there I'm not aware of?
> I have an HP Mininote 2133 which has the B43 wireless card. In
> both Ubuntu and Fedora you will need a wired connection to get the
> non-free firmware. In Ubuntu it's as easy as using the 'Additional
> Drivers' wizard. I'm not a Fedora expert but I had to do some
> manual downloading and follow some instructions:
> http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#Device_firmware_installation
>  ..and I guess the same would apply to most other distributions.
> Regards,
> Adam Sweet

If you use Ubuntu 11.10 then the broadcom drivers are on the install
media you need to enable allow 3rd party drivers and then they are
made available for install and are used by the live system there and then.

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