Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:16 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Mandriva Linux 2008 is now available for download on the official site (release announcement), and on the network of public mirror servers. 2008 includes all the latest software and enhancements over previous Mandriva releases. You will find KDE 3.5.7 and the new GNOME 2.20 already integrated, kernel 2.6.22.9 with fair scheduling support, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, a 3D-accelerated desktop (Compiz Fusion and Metisse), Firefox 2.0.0.6, and much more. You can read about the new features of Mandriva Linux 2008 in depth in the Release Tour. The release notes contain important information on changes from previous releases. The errata will contain information on any future known issues and solutions for them.
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RE: Powerpack
by AdamW on Wed 10th Oct 2007 18:57 UTC in reply to "Powerpack"
AdamW
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2005-07-06

Broadcom wireless does actually work, without any need for ndiswrapper and using only the Mandriva GUI tools. This is the best we can do, though - we can't make it work out-of-the-box as it requires firmware, and we cannot legally distribute the firmware even in the non-free editions.

So we made the Mandriva network configuration tools wrap bcm43xx-fwcutter, the tool that extracts the firmware from the Windows driver. If you remove your ndiswrapper configuration and run the Mandriva network configuration tool, it should tell you about this and ask for a Windows driver to extract the firmware from. If you have one, try it. If you don't have one, or the Windows driver you have doesn't work for firmware extraction (some don't), use the one at http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware - the 3.xx one, not the 4.xx. That should be all you need to do (except the usual configuration for any network adapter). I tested this myself, as I have a Broadcom wireless chip on my own machine, and I've walked a couple of people through it since release. It's also mentioned in the release notes - http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Releases/Mandriva/2008.0/Notes#Required...

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