09-19-2011 09:44 AM
I am new to Linux and I have been trying out a few things to get more familiar with it. A total newbie!!!
I just downloaded Lucid Puppy to a flash drive and tried it out on my X200. I quite like it. It boots directly from the flash drive. Just what I wanted. However, the wifi does not seem to be seen by the OS. (Intel Pro/Wireless 5100 AGN) ... Does that mean I need to download a driver specific to Lucid Puppy to get it to work? I did a search on the intel website and found information about a driver that includes the 5100 and it is for Linux, however there was nothing to click on. If I need this driver, how do I get it?
My laptop has W7 on it and the WiFi works great from windows and when I use an old Ubuntu CD, the wifi also works just fine, so I have never had to deal with driver issues before.
Or is it just a matter of enabling something from somewhere on Puppy?
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09-22-2011 11:31 AM
I figured this one out ... finally.
I do not have a driver problem. The Intel 5100 AGN works just fine with Lucid Puppy. I got it to connect without incident at a public wifi hotspot and I saved the profile as the default. I needed Lucid FF.pet in order to use the public WiFi network. . I had downloaded the file from the Lucid website to a CD from windows. My CD drive which is USB connected would not mount on Lucid puppy so I could not get FF installed. I tried a myriad of options but it would just not work. I then copied the file from windows to a pendrive (fat32 formatted) and when I connected it to my X200 and clicked on the file, it installed automatically. No hastle and fast. I then connected to the internet and the browser opened. I was on the internet.
I must say that I am very impressed with Lucid Puppy 5.2.8. It is great for someone who wants a light, fast OS to use at a Public WiFi hotspot. All of the user activity is in RAM, so it is lightening fast. I think it is also the most secure way to use OPEN, unencrypted, insecure networks. My HDD is not mounted so my personal files are unavailable during the network session. I can browse the network, get my emails (very fast) without the threat of intrusion ( yes, low-lifes cruise open unprotected networks, I am aware of this). I turned on the firewall that comes with Puppy and I do not have an antvirus appl. running. The speed is very impressive.
I have not tried to install a wireless network from my home (I use a wireless G3 dongle provided by my ISP). I understand that this can be a challenge. My preference is to use W7 from my home, so I will not be setting up this connection.