[sf-lug] Installing Void, C.E. Sign-in at SF-LUG mtg of 2017-11-05

Todd Hawley celticdm at gmail.com
Tue Nov 7 10:32:34 PST 2017

On Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 9:54 AM, acohen36 <acohen36 at sdf.org> wrote:

> Void Linux uses runit as the default init system [02] instead of the
> prevalent systemd -- the latter which I don't myself prefer. On installing
> Void Linux on that 32-bit machine, I've been having great difficulty
> getting WiFi to work on the machine's internal Broadcom Wireless Adaper; a
> Broadcom Limited BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01) as listed by
> running 'lspci -nn -d 14e4:' and described at [03]. Sure, I've also
> followed Void's Networking Configuration steps at [04].  The same Steve L
> who was in discussion with SF-LUG's Rick M in a Devuan GNU+Linux forum post
> about a week-and-a-half ago at [05] put out a useful webpage 'Void Linux
> Tips' two years ago also covering Network Configuration and other Void
> Linux tasks at [06]. So far, neither configuration guides has helped in
> this regard.
> Through some initial research on my own, and according to the Debian
> GNU/Linux webpages at [07], [08], [09], and [10], I could possibly use the
> packages firmware-b43-installer(preferred), b43-fwcutter, and/or 'wl'
> a.k.a. broadcom-sta (separate packages 'broadcom-sta', 'broadcom-sta-dkms',
> 'broadcom-sta-source'). But none of these have _yet_ worked for Void Linux
> (if they're going to at all!) using Void's APT-similar[11] XBPS packaging
> system described at [12].  References [08] and [09] show that even Debian
> Testing/'buster' doesn't make available the non-free packages
> firmware-b43-installer(preferred) and b43-fwcutter, and unfortunately,
> the b43-dev mailing-list at [13] doesn't appear to offer much hope here
> either.
> Since references [08] thru [10] list all three of the above Broadcom/b43
> packages available for Debian's oldstable-jessie, if the Broadcom/b43 can't
> be easily activated in Void Linux, I might very well just instead install
> Devuan's 1.0.0 Jessie release-LTS [14] and work from there.  And giving due
> consideration to Rick M's wise cautions at [14] on getting runit[02] to run
> in Devuan, I think it would be great if/when Steve L and "partners"  will
> implement+package runit as originally intended at [15].

I remember several years ago having a HP NetBook which had a Broadcom card
in it which refused to play nice with Linux. I'd heard a wrapper had
finally been issued that dealt with this problem, since my current laptop
also has a Broadcom card in it. <snark> Glad to know that Broadcom
continues to be a thorn in the side of Linux users </snark>.

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