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Re: accessing wlan without non-free firmware?



On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 12:54 PM, Sven Joachim <svenjoac@gmx.de> wrote:
> On 2008-11-19 11:00 +0100, Tshepang Lekhonkhobe wrote:
>
>> I struggled to get 4965 wireless working on my TravelMate 6592, and
>> succeeded only once having installed firmware-iwlwifi from non-free.
>> Is there a way to achieve this without going the non-free route?
>
> Surely, buy a WLAN card that does not require non-free firmware.  The
> Free Software Foundation has a list of them:
> http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/net/wireless/cards.html.
>
> BTW, why exactly does the firmware bug you?

Debian doesn't distribute such and that means folks installing from
discs won't get their wireless working out-of-the-box. It makes it
even harder if those don't have immediate connection to the wild web.
Luckily for me I had Ubuntu installation disc handy, which managed to
connect with that card, me supposing that they using the same
firmware, only much more accessible (installed by default).

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