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[ale] GO Windows!!! ;-)



It also might be a control of the firmware/drivers so we can make sure
they are good.  In the past (late 90s/early 00s) I had problems
downloading drivers/firmware from third parties.  Either outdated/bad
or additional software was injected into the packages.  Of course the
vendor is the one that takes the blunt of the anger.  So I understand
why they do what they do.  Like it or not I understand.

Sent from my mobile...

On Jun 22, 2010, at 12:19 PM, Richard Bronosky <Richard at Bronosky.com> wrote:

> This is true. What you have is a chicken/egg problem introduced by bad
> licensing and freedom hating, short sighted business decisions.
>
> On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 11:54 AM, Brian Pitts <brian at polibyte.com> wrote:
>> On 06/21/2010 02:02 PM, Asher Vilensky wrote:
>>> The problem is not you and I.  The problem is that you can't "sell"
>>> Linux (pick any flavor and version) to the mass until these things work
>>> out of the box.  I want to convert those around me - basically so I
>>> don't have to keep install virus protection etc.  But I'm hesitant in
>>> doing so.  I don't want to either have to educate people too much or
>>> stand there embarrassed when things don't work.   I hate Windows like
>>> the rest of this group, but I also recognize that Linux is not a viable
>>> substitute for most users.  Not yet.  I would recommend Mac (to somebody
>>> like my in-laws) before I suggest Linux.
>>>
>>
>> If you are plugged in to a wired network, Ubuntu should launch the
>> restricted driver manager (you can launch it manually from System ->
>> Administration -> Hardware Drivers) and offer to download the broadcom
>> firmware for you.
>>
>> I doubt that if you installed any version of Windows the wireless would
>> have worked either, but I have not tried so I can't swear. I believe the
>> problem is that Broadcom does not allow anyone else to redistribute the
>> firmware that their cards need to work.
>>
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>> Brian Pitts
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