[conspire] (forw) Re: install-a-thon
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Apr 14 12:29:58 PDT 2005
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Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 23:06:35 -0700
To: Keith Brentson <virtualkeith at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: install-a-thon
Quoting Keith Brentson (virtualkeith at yahoo.com):
> My name is Keith, and I would like to dual boot Linux/Windows on a
> Dell Inspiron 8600. (maybe Linux only someday depending on how things
> work out!) :)
Sounds like a worthy challenge.
First place I tend to go, when I hear "install Linux" and "laptop" is
http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/ . You'll note that there's a Dell
category. Picking that shows you the models about which people have
posted pages -- and there's a huge number from people owning Inspiron
> I am reading the information and FAQ's on the CABAL site, and would
> like to attend one of your meetings for help with my install. (I've
> tried to install Fedora Core 3, which seemed to be going nicely, until
> the first boot where the system freezes everytime it attempts to load
> the network)My NIC is a Broadcom 4401.
installed FC2. He did an end-run around the Broadcom BCM4401 problem by
loading the manufacturer's (Broadcom's) proprietary, binary-only driver.
This guy (http://www.bryan-gillen.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/linux/i8600.html)
also installed FC2. Oddly enough, he had no trouble on the ethernet,
just using the Red Hat kernel's default open-source bcm4400 driver.
This guy (http://home.swiftdsl.com.au/~rbirdman/) also did FC2, and
reports no problems, but says nothing about what driver he used.
This guy (http://resolute.ucsd.edu/diwaker/articles/linux-dell-8600.txt)
did RH9, and likewise had no problem with the bcm4400 (or b44) driver.
This guy (http://www.koeniglich.de/dell_8600.html) also did RH9, and
likewise used the bcm4400 driver with success.
SUSE 9.0, and also used bcm4400, but found it worthwhile to download the
latest driver source code and recompile.
A bunch of the other reports seem worth reading, too. "bcm44" seems to
be preferred, for newer kernels.
> I will continue to research for drivers for these devices, and was
> wondering how many of them I should bring with me. I also have a
> Nikon coolpix 5200 which uses an SD card.
Oh, bring 'em all. In addition to the CABAL meeting a week from this
Saturday, don't forget the SVLUG installfest _this_ Saturday at Google
in Walnut Creek. http://www.svlug.org/
> I leaned towards Fedora with my limited experience,
> but would like to discuss some of the other distros to
> see which one would best meet my needs.
Sure. We neutrally help people with any and all. Here's a list of what
we have available for installation at CABAL:
Rick Moen "vi is my shepherd; I shall not font."
rick at linuxmafia.com -- Psalm 0.1 beta
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