Suse Linux 10.1

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  1. mnw

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    Greetings, I finally did it, my laptop is running Linux and I am determined to make it work this time.

    I am running Linux Suse 10.1 on a Dell Inspiron e1405.

    It looks good and I have not really explored it too much as I am stuck on the wireless connection problem.

    I have googled the issue but not come up with any answers. I just no nothing about linux and most of the sites I found seemed to presume much.

    So, can anyone out there help with setting up a wireless connection on Linux Suse 10.1?
     
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    I know nothing, nothing, nothing!

    I think that you have hit on the head of why linux hasn't prospered as it should. They all talk in linuxese and there is no dictionary :laugh:

    I've tried it a time or two but get lost in the jargon and I don't have the time to go online to research every tenth word or term that describes something that has a common word for.
     
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    Same here. I was trying to install a Linux on the ole CTX, ZenWalk Gnu. I had downloaded a live cd version & liked it so tried the install version...but haven't gotten it on yet. Trial & error till I figure out what they're talking about. But the live cd version hooked right up to my wireless automatically on boot. Mabey you could try that? If the version you're using offers live cd.
    You might check with the site Computer Hope.com on their forum. Might be someone there that could help.
     
  4. mnw

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    I have got a stable dual boot with XP and Suse running at the moment. If I could Suse to connect wirelessly then I would be happy.

    I like the idea of Linux, but the functionality still isn't quite there. I think it has more to do with providers of hard ware not providing appropriate drivers etc.

    Oh well, I'll keep trying.
     
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    Thanks James, I wonder if he has a version in English... :)

    I saved it to my favourites and will return once I have gotten some basic linux skills down.

    Thanks again
     
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    Thats one of the things with linux, they want you to learn enough about the program & the way it works so you can build your own programs, drivers, whatever ya need. Or improve on ones already being used. Thats why the open source. Me....This dogs too old to learn new tricks I guess!! It took me months to learn about the win. registry...I can imagine trying to self program something that don't even have one!!
     
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    I think this is going to be beyond me. I tried, and I'll keep trying, but it is confusing.
     
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    I got mine working on my Compaq V2000Z in Fedora Core 6 with ndiswrapper after hours of searching through wikis and forums. Then I installed some unrelated update and it broke my broadcom support. So I just gave up. It worked well when it was working though.

    My new laptop (HP DV6000Z) has the same problems since it has the same chipset, plus the audio drivers (particularly the front audio ports) don't work at all since they rely on a little known Intel high definition driver (which is strange since this notebook is based on an AMD platform).

    Linux isn't bad, it's just that manufacturers design hardware to run in a Windows environment, and drivers for Linux are left to a small programming department if that. Add to that the fact that notebooks are even more proprietary and Windows dependent than desktops, and you have a recipe for disaster when installing an alternative OS. Many times, it's left to the community to find work-arounds. But support has grown over the years and Linux is truly starting to evolve into a more friendly system.
     
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    My audio did work, but then stopped. My wlan wireless still does not work and I just cannot get my head around the ndiswrapper. I did get Wine installed and that allowed me to run some .exe files, but nothing practical yet.

    I think Linux has great potential, but your average home user, which includes me, is never going to labour over sound drivers and wireless cards when their Windows just finds it, makes it work and gets on with the fun/job.

    I wish I could use Linux, but it really does feel like I would need to semi-learn a computing language in order to really get to grips with it.
     
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    For those who have struggled with Linux before and found it lacking, I heavily encourage you to give Ubuntu a try-- it is much, much easier to use, install, configure and maintain than any other distribution out there, in my experience.
     
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    Unfortunately Ubuntu would not work with my screen on my lap top. Suse installed great and runs well. It fires up quickly and performs well. But as far as drivers, installing and uninstalling etc. it is just too different at the moment.

    I understand it is a different operating system to Windows, but they've got to work with the way the world is. I amsure it could be more user friendly.

    Thanks broccoli, maybe I will go back and try that some time.
     
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    If I were inclined to run linux on a laptop, I would do a bit of research before purchasing a new one. Having the right hardware could make all the difference. You could probably just disable the built-in wireless and go with a better supported PC card adapter with much more success.
     
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    Just an off the topic dumb question, can you run linux on a mac?
     
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    I think you can. It may be even less supported than the PC version though.
     
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    I would think that new Intel Macs would have no problems running linux. There are linux versions for PowerPC as well.
     

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