Wireless in gNewSense

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Hello all,

If any of you are running gNewSense on a laptop, I thought this post might be helpful to you. It's also been a while since we've had a newsletter so here's to keeping in touch!

If anyone's feeling excited about free software and wants to talk about it, please post on the forum. Pose or answer a question to get the conversation going. For example: http://trygnulinux.com/action/?q=node/63

Thanks,

David Sterry
http://trygnulinux.com

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Wireless on a laptop is like wheels on a car. Essential.

I've been running gNewSense for a few months and have found it to be very stable and kind to me on my HP dv6226us. Unfortunately there are no free drivers for the built in wireless card. That has meant no wireless networking on this baby. So to get by, I either stayed tethered to the nearest Ethernet cable or booted into another OS. The Free Software Foundation knows that hardware support is a problem with 100% free software and maintains a list of fully supported hardware. After having seen that, however, I didn't feel confident that I could make a purchase.

That's the way things stayed until I heard a couple weeks ago in #gnewsense about the Netgear wg111v3. This usb wireless device was reported there to work with free drivers so I purchased one. I received it yesterday, booted up gNewSense, plugged it in and voila! Within a few seconds I was able to select my wireless network and get online. I've tested it with two WPA networks, one using TKIP and the other AES and it works fine. I'm not breaking any speed records (200kB/s max) but I've not done extensive testing or tweaking to see what might be holding that speed back.

Since wireless is an essential, yet tricky, feature to have working on a free-software-driven laptop I thought it was worth a shout. So, my strident free software enthusiasts, you now have at least one option when it comes to wireless on gNewSense!