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[ale] GO Windows!!! ;-)



Ok, thanks, everybody, for all the input. Good discussion.  Thanks for the
education.

-- Asher


On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 3:17 PM, scott boss <scott at sboss.net> wrote:

> 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  Either outdated/bad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.
> >>
> >> --
> >> All the best,
> >> Brian Pitts
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