Linked by Dedoimedo on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:17 UTC
Debian and its clones Writing about Debian is not a simple thing. You know it's the giant that has spawned pretty much every other distro out there. It's almost like a Roman Empire, almost a taboo. Furthermore, it's not a desktop distro per se. It's more sort of a template you use to build your platform. It's also a SOHO server distro, therefore it more fits into the business category, comparable to CentOS and similar.
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RE[2]: Angry Rant Reviews present
by Morgan on Fri 18th Mar 2011 02:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Angry Rant Reviews present"
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To be fair though, if I'd have had the same experience as the author, I would've posted the exact same thing, except my rant would've had a lot more profanities in it. This is 2011, not 1995.

Right you are, and I've had a similar experience with Debian 6. In fact, I'd say Slackware is now easier to install than Debian, and it still has the old school non-X installer. At least Slackware recognized both of my (fully supported in the kernel since 2.6.20-something) wireless cards, whereas Debian 6 choked on both.

As for the network issue, I have learned long ago that the best thing to do is to have a USB wireless NIC handy for times when I run into a machine (mine or somebody else's) who's NIC can't be recognized by the OS. Sure, it cost me about $30, but it has more than paid for itself by saving me a lot of headaches.

I do the same; I have a USB wireless dongle based on an RaLink chipset with full support in the Linux kernel. For Windows and Mac OS, I keep the relevant installer files on a thumb drive I also carry everywhere.

I'm not a Linux user, but on Windows, I'll use my wireless USB adapter to hit and download drivers for the NIC in the machine, as well as all other drivers I need. I'm guessing Linux has something similar. (If it doesn't, it should.) Not being able to get online because the network card isn't recognized is not a problem we need to deal with anymore.

You may be interested to know that current versions of the Linux kernel have built in support for virtually all wired network chipsets out there, as well as many of the most popular wireless cards today. Specifically the Atheros cards used in many laptops today, some of the RaLink cards in laptops and available in USB dongles, and some Intel chipsets. This is why I was so perplexed that Debian didn't recognize and autoconfigure a wireless card that Ubuntu picks up right away, and Slackware only requires me to issue two terminal commands to use.

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