[nSLUG] gNewSense drivers question

Jack Warkentin jwark at eastlink.ca
Fri Feb 6 18:33:04 AST 2009

Hi everybody

When I started investigating laptops 4 or 5 years ago, the question 
wasn't just, was there a Free wireless driver? but, was there a wireless 
driver at all? I discovered that Jean Tourrilhes of Hewlett Packard in 
France was the recognized expert in this area. See


At the time I was investigating there *was* a wireless chip set with a 
Free Linux driver, namely, the RAlink RT2500. The laptop I bought in 
late 2005 has such a wireless card and I have been using the Free (in 
fact GPL'd) driver ever since. It is available at, for example,




Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 02:26:17PM -0400, Rich wrote:
>> Intel 2100
>> ---------------
>> May have firmware issues as well.
>> http://ipw2100.sourceforge.net/
> That has a binary firmware blob, I used to have one in an Inspiron
> 8600. I don't *think* there are too many wireless cards that meet
> RMS's definition of free (maybe Atheros, not sure.)
>>> On Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 09:29:58AM -0400, Colin Conrad wrote:
>>>> I have just installed gNewSence, which is a Free, as in the Richard  
>>>> Stallman sense of Free, GNU/Linux distro, on my Dell Latitude D600  
>>>> laptop and I can not get either the wireless or the LAN card  
>>>> recognized.  
> Enjoy your freedom!
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Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at eastlink.ca
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