JP Vossen on 10 Jul 2009 07:57:43 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Dell really gets Linux - at last

> Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 13:27:28 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Edmond Rodriguez <>
> Are you saying the Broadcom chips are no good because of lack of
> Linux support, or the hardware is no good? Mine (on an HP) seems to work
> perfectly on the Windows side of things. Linux is another story, and I
> mostly stopped trying to get Linux drivers to work for it, after
> learning ndiswrapper.

Mostly the F/OSS hostile nature of the card and the company, though I 
seem to recall reading about a fair number of hardware issues a while 
ago too.

Sorry, I should have been more clear about that.

> I've been using my broadcom with ndiswrapper on Linux for years
> reliably.  I have some quirks starting the  wpa_supplicant, but once
> I get it going, it is very stable and I wonder if wpa_supplicant has
> much to do with the hardware anyway.  I think most of the issues I
> have to get it started are related to software.
> ndiswrapper breaks sometimes as kernels get updated, but if that
> concern were addressed, it would be fine.   Ndiswrapper seems to
> generate lots of controversy in the Linux world.

Yup, it's an ugly hack that is unfortunately sometimes necessary.  Being 
forced to use ndiswrappers on a machine that was never intended for 
Linux is one thing, but having to use it on a machine that *was* 
intended for Linux is another.  It isn't quite that bad, since the 
binary blob driver does more or less work.  It just really bugs me that 
a machine expressly designed (at least in part) to run Linux **can't** 
run on all open source.

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