Re: Get wirless working
> I love debian. I guess we all do here.
Yes, but please don't crosspost to so many lists.
> Recently, thoguh, I had to switch to Kubuntu =only= because wireless
> on my laptop JUST WORKED.
> I have an HP zt3000 with one of those Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG
> wireless cards built in. It has been horrible to try to get working
> despite any instructions found on the Internet. The instruction on
> the site for this (http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/) was tricky as it
> only focused on getting that one piece working and not networking as
> a whole.
The Intel wireless hardware requires binary blobs to be loaded. They
don't meet the Debian Free Software Guidelines and therefore cannot be
included in Debian. Ubuntu has a looser set of rules and allows those
binary blobs to be shipped. It is a simple matter to copy the
firmware into place if that is what you desire. (I did. I have the
Intel wireless too.)
> Im sure debian would shoot to the top of the list if a few more
> things (like wireless) "just worked" like it does with my Kbuntu.
> Couldn't someone work on this problem for debian - or talk to the
> ubuntu people to get a copy to be included in the next release and
> apt sources?
It is a legal/philosophical thing and not a technical thing. The
problem is not deducing how to make it work. The problem is making a
> Somethings I don't mind figuring out and there is a great sense of
> accomplishment; but getting wireless working is not one of them.
Perhaps more clear instructions need to be posted...