Written by Quatroking the 28 Feb 08 at 18:38.
Category: Internet & Networking.
Its very annoying to carry a whole pc to a place where you can have LAN, just to download ndiswrapper so you can go further trough wireless internet. If it would be added on cd/install, it would take alot of annoyance away.
I would like to see ndiswrapper more seemlessly integrated into the install process. I would like to identify my BC4318 (or whatever) card and have it automatically configure ndiswrapper to use it. Its painful to have to go sit near a wired line and go through the hookup process each time ubuntu is installed. I have to add that already ubuntu is so great I rarely run windows anymore.
You would use ndiswrapper because the drivers that fwcutter (which i believe is the default) uses are not as powerful as those that ndiswrapper uses. I can connect to networks with lower signal strengths and with much more reliability using ndiswrapper than I ever could with fwcutter. This is with a bcm43xx.
hackel, ndiswrapper itself isn't copyrighted at all, it depends on the drivers you use it with. As example, my Sweex 108Mbit WLAN PCI has driver on a cd, which I run trough ndiswrapper. Simply because there are no drivers on ubuntu available for it.
ndiswrapper is standard on the cd but not with a gui as far as I know. Last time I installed ubuntu on a computer with wireless I had to do a apt-get install ndiswrapper and use it from command-line. That is a bit annoying, and inexperienced users probably wont know about that.
Yes, please put ndiswrapper on the original cd. I have had to boot install Ubuntu from USB and the run around I have had is too great. To install ndiswrapper you have to go to SPM, find it and install it from CD. Well the system I have has a cd player but no dvd player and won't recognise burnt cd's etc. The only way to install it is by finding the files from another computer, dragging them to USB and installing from the Terminal. Very time consuming and annoying. I sincerely love the concept of Ubuntu but there are some things that could be made easier for long time Windows users. I am not tech savvy as Windows has made me enjoy the view from the top rather than delve into the mud to find solid ground. I have been using computers since 1995 so I am not a newbie. I think there are many like me who really want to switch but give up because of simple, time consuming problems.