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So Im trying to get back into the linux game after a few aggravating months with Vista..

 

Anyway. I installed the Latest Ubuntu and it installed perfectly and even had the Atheros chipset drivers for my wifi card which worked flawlessly.

However IMO its still a flimsy distro... as always with my previous linux experiences..... something simple like rebooting can randomly take out the entire system

 

So i remembered hearing about Debians stability so I gave it a whirl. And Im in love. It's fantastic. It doesnt crap out at all. Rock freaking solid. But they dont have the closed source drivers for my wifi card.

 

So.. how do I get the stability of debian and have access to the Atheros drivers?

 

Card is a Belkin Wireless G Cardbus for my laptop

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You need Madwifi for Debian. Its in the repos but i believe you have to build it yourself.

http://madwifi.org/wiki/UserDocs/Distro/Debian/MadWifi

 

Just know that it may not work with 2.6.24. Haven't been able to build Madwifi on that. Reverted back to 2.6.22. Not sure if they fixed that yet.

 

 

Quick Version:

1. Wire up(or put files on CD/Flashdrive/etc.)

2. Fire up Terminal.

3. Follow the commands below.

$ su

# apt-get update

# apt-get install madwifi-source

# apt-get install madwifi-tools

# m-a prepare

# m-a a-i madwifi

 

4. Load the module.

# modprobe ath_pci

 

5. Should be done. Just fire up Wicd or Network-Manager or whatever.

 

Links to Files needed.

Madwifi Source

Madwifi Tools

This for Etch. You can change to Lenny/Sid at the top.

You can probably handle the dependencies(if any).

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Thanks you for your post

 

I tried running through the steps given but madwifi-anything is not available

 

I guess I have to install the package.debian.org as an apt-get repository but I have no idea how.. ill be googling it but if anyone could let me know beforehand that'd be great :clap:

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ok everythings working fine now except for one thing - java jre plugin

 

I often play games over at games.yahoo.com and alot of them need the java plugin

I installed it thru synaptic but both epiphany and iceweasel ask for the plugin still. when I click on "Install plugin" thru the browser.. it has one check box for Java Sun JRE but when I click ok to install, it says not available

 

Any ideas?

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copy everything from the directory /usr/lib/firefox/plugins to the plugins directory of your other browsers, should work fine then

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copy everything from the directory /usr/lib/firefox/plugins to the plugins directory of your other browsers, should work fine then

 

tried this and no go same results

 

 

also I see no sun-java 6 plugin. is it really necessary i have 6 over 7

 

how do i install ubuntu restricted extras? i'll try googling it

 

thanks all

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tried this and no go same results

 

 

also I see no sun-java 6 plugin. is it really necessary i have 6 over 7

 

how do i install ubuntu restricted extras? i'll try googling it

 

thanks all

Applications > add/remove

 

Change show to "all available applications"

 

search for ubuntu-restricted-extras

 

tick the package, click apply changes.

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Its different in Debian.

 

I think it would be something like this.

 

# Etch Non-Free

deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ etch main contrib non-free

# Etch Non-Free Sources

deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ etch main contrib non-free

 

I think. I am not at my own PC right now so i am not 100% sure.

I am pretty sure Java is in the Non-Free repos though.

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isnt ubuntu a debian fork? I think it uses debian packages

 

Anyway I still dont having java so if anyone has any tips or anything they think might work im all ears

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isnt ubuntu a debian fork? I think it uses debian packages

 

Anyway I still dont having java so if anyone has any tips or anything they think might work im all ears

 

Ubuntu is based on Debian.

 

You don't see java in the repos? You can search using Adept or synaptic.

 

Try this:

apt-get install sun-java5-jre sun-java5-plugin

 

Again, its in the non-free repos. I believe i listed them in the above post.

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what Bruce says is correct. I did a search in the console today for jre, and hree's what i got:

 

robinson@family-desktop:~$ sudo apt-cache search jre

[sudo] password for robinson:

docbook-xsl - stylesheets for processing DocBook XML files to various output formats

docbook-jrefentry - DocBook XML JRefEntry DTD

docbook-xsl-stylesheets-ko - Stylesheets for processing DocBook XML files to HTML and FO in korean.

icedtea-java7-jre - Java runtime based on OpenJDK

kaffe - A JVM to run Java bytecode

sun-java5-bin - Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 (architecture dependent files)

sun-java5-fonts - Lucida TrueType fonts (from the Sun JRE)

sun-java5-jre - Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 (architecture independent files)

sun-java5-plugin - The Java Plug-in, Java SE 5.0

sun-java6-bin - Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 (architecture dependent files)

sun-java6-fonts - Lucida TrueType fonts (from the Sun JRE)

sun-java6-jre - Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 (architecture independent files)

sun-java6-plugin - The Java Plug-in, Java SE 6

 

as you can see, sun-java6-plugin or sun-java5-plugin needs to be installed to give you the browser plugin you need.

 

Hope this helps...

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