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Re: 2.6.22 kernel and WiFi

Mark Haney writes:

Sam Varshavchik wrote:
Mark Haney writes:

You know, replies like this really irritate me. Not only do they not
answer the question, you get a nice little 'lecture' on 'linux for
linux'.  Let me see if I can set things straight.  I had NO CHOICE in
laptops.  I got what I was given by the company.


Let me get this straight:

1) Your company gave you a laptop, presumably preconfigured with MS

Nope.  It had no OS.

<wink> <wink> <nudge> <nudge>

Um, my company, being a bunch of geeks actually ENCOURAGE us to test new

Huh? How come such a bunch of geeks didn't know about Broadcom's (lack of) support, on Linux, and foisted this laptop off on you? It's not such a big secret, after all.

       And the wireless isn't busted.  Since you apparently don't
bother reading the entire thread, I'll say it slowly.

Now try reading, equally slow, my initial reply, with the answer: maybe, if you pray to the right gods.

                                           I CHOSE to run linux
on it since I detest windows and refuse to buy tools when open source
options are better.  Therefore I was unable to do any 'homework'.

Did you also "choose" to do something this dumb all by yourself, or did
someone tell you to do it?

This dumb?  My friend, I've been running linux since Slackware 3.  I
know what I'm doing with it.

I don't agree. Nobody who knows what they're doing would choose to waste their time with the ndiswrapper drivel.

                             For years, I've been on the RH and Fedora
mailing lists since I prefer those OS's (because I live in NC and have a
loyal streak in me.) and until recently been very happy with the Fedora
community.  As I said, your first post irritated me.

Yes, I can see that. Sometimes, when reality hits one in the face, the feeling is not very pleasant.

And the reality is, whether you like it or not, is that folks who are in the know, and who are up to speed in this particular area, don't give a friggin hoot about ndiswrapper, and will expend no effort into making sure that ndiswrapper works. This is because they just don't care a fig about hacking MS-Windows device drivers into running on Linux. They'd rather spend whatever time they have into developing free, native Linux drivers for hardware whose manufacturers work with the Linux community and support it.

So, basically, the current and future ndiswrapper situation is simply with: if it works, great, if not, you're boned. And, nobody will be able to tell you, with absolute certainty, if your hardware will work. The best you can hope to get, until you actually try it, is an educated guess.

And if you want to prove me wrong, the way to do that is to simply trot out someone who'll give you the definitive answer. I think I'll just sit and wait here, until this happens. I have plenty of time.

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