Monday, July 10, 2006

Suse Linux 10.1 - Adventures in Wireless

So, Fedora Core 5 was on the new machine for a whole day. Sure, it has some good stuff, but is kinda broken, on account of not providing the kernel source, or at least headers for the installed kernel.

So, I whipped out my lovely gold Suse Linux 10.1 CDs, all shiny and slim and beckoning me to wrap them in my.... Ahem...

Anyway, I wipe the saliva off my shiny new Suse Linux 10.1 CDs, and before you can say "Holy crap, he just installed Suse Linux 10.1" I have installed Suse Linux 10.1 on my brand new Pentium computer thingy. I say "Suse Linux 10.1" again just to draw attention away from the fact that I keep switching between past and present tense, and also because I am hoping there is some kind of world record for saying "Suse Linux 10.1".

So then, next thing I did, apart from changing tense yet again, was to see if I could maybe get the wireless networking set up. I popped in the floppy containing the RT61 driver souce, copied the archive to /usr/src, tar -zxvf, make all, and watched as it compiled without error. Gee that was a bit easier than the Red Hat Fedora experience.

See, Suse Linux 10.1 includes the kernel source on the installation CDs, which is kind of neat and <sarcasm>really really innovative. Other distributions should try something like that</sarcasm>.

21 comments:

Lorraine said...

I feel so low, You laugh at me because of my internet explorer, and now I'm told AOL is EVIL:


Yet Another Reason Why AOL is EVIL and Should Never be Used

When 30-year-old Vincent Ferrari tried to cancel his AOL account, the representative refused to let him do so, and CNBC has the entire conversation on tape.

After 15 minutes spent trying to reach a live person, Ferrari then spent another four minutes trying to "convince" the AOL representative to cancel his account. The last straw, Ferrari said, was when the representative asked to speak to his father.

Upon hearing of the conversation, AOL sent Ferrari an apology and said the representative no longer worked for the company.

HELL, word verificaton

Lorraine said...

Crap, that was long...

Ben said...

Sounds kinda like Citibank when I cancelled my credit cards.

MADCAP said...

Aye, RH used to provide the kernel sources during the version 8 and 9 days I guess. Back then it was only 3 CDs and now that it's 5, they removed it? Just goes to show FC is for the non-geeks (like me), yay!!

What's up with this AOL? AOL is certainly not evil. It has this cool Ctrl+K shortcut that kicks butt. When you bring that up and type whatever u like, you can see how Google does wonders with that word/phrase that u just entered. Try it! It's wild. Besides AOL works on top of IE, which makes it very powerful according to that superhero guy Henry.

Keith said...

Lorraine:
Why don't you try firefox...

http://www.mozilla.com/firefox

It might fit you better than IE.

Lorraine said...

I tried Keith, I really did, ok I'm very ignorant, but still I did install Firefox successfully, but I couldn't get rid of IE..It won't let me, or I'm cursed (more likely)with ignorance. Ask Ben, he knows!
but I take pretty pictures!
word verification all squished together qdivdp it looks like a big fat blob, thanks Ben!
and one more time: qspmis, I hope

MADCAP said...

Hey lorraine! How about Opera 9? Tho it's non-free, but it's rather good. Have a loot at opera.com if you haven't already.

Lorraine said...

Hey Madcap thanks, will it kill IE?

MADCAP said...

Hey Ben! Is there a way I can have an auto, or as-I-type, spell check in Kate/Kwrite, like in works in gedit. Google hasn't been of any help somwhow even after trying all sorts of serches I could think of. I understand an auto spell check might create trouble for coders in Kate, but what about Kwrite. I also tried this trendy thingy called KConfigEditor (Whatever it does) but to no avail... seems it's not as simple as gConf. You got any clue there?

MADCAP said...

ummm Lorraine! Well, Opera is also one of those standards compliant browsers like Firefox... only a bit trendy. It seems to work alright on IE-only sites as well, where a plain vanilla Firefox fails. Try it out it's a tiny download.

Ben said...

Not sure. I use vi. Also I have no use for speeelchekers cause I write so good, and also bekause if I speeel something wronng it won't compile.

Ben said...

Yes, gcc is my spell checker.

MADCAP said...

But if u would have had the auto spell check, u wouldn't even have to wait till the compile time for gcc to tell u.

Anyway, can this be filed as a bug/feature report/request for say Kwrite? I just dont wanna get yelled at by the developer.

Ben said...

Well, I am totally and completely so much an integral part of the whole free software movement that I am on first name terms with every FOSS developer out there, but still I am uncertain how the kwrite devs would react... :)

Anyway, perhaps the first thing to do would be to take a look at the current bug reports to see if your suggestion is already there.

MADCAP said...

Thanks for the advise... never actually done any bug reporting ever. So, well check the Web site.

Anyway, so are you using Yast2 or Smart for package managing in SUSE. If you have all those 3rd party, unofficial and backports repos in, did you notice that there are 2 things that go by Kopete and kdenetwork3-InstantMessanger. Whatever's the difference.

Ben said...

Actually I was just playing with Suse. It's gone now. I have migrated my Debian installation from the broken machine to the new one, then upgraded that from etch to sid.

MADCAP said...

So did u move over the whole root like from one partition to another... or did a fresh install and restored the settings from /home?

Ben said...

I ghosted the whole drive from /dev/hda to /dev/sda, then deleted the windows partion (hadn't booted into it for years anyway), moved /home to where Windows was, created a new partition for /usr where /home used to be, reconfigured grub for /dev/sda, etc etc.

Lorraine said...

Talking about tech and logic (hum, right) could you check your e-mail today. I need you!

Lorraine said...

Thanks, you're the best, I mean you're adequate, no wait: You're So Damn Good, that's the one ;)

Ben said...

:) I am all of these things, and maybe less. Less is a distinct possibility.