Why is it so difficult? Wirelss?

I have played around with Linux on and off for several years. I have to say it has not improved much in the ease of use area. If it is ever to be of any serious competition to Windows things juts have to be much easier. In Ubuntu at least it was easy to set up my internet connection, but not so in openSUSE.

I have no idea even where to start as there are no simple instructions on how to do it, at least none I can find. All the info I have read is obviously written by and aimed toward computer geeks with knowledge of the command line interface, which I don’t want to touch.

I guess I’m venting because I want Linux to work, but until it approaches the ease of windows it has no chance whatsoever of becoming a really viable alternative.

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If you have symptoms, please post them so we can look into them (a huge
part of the OSS ideology is help via forums, etc.) but otherwise you
should probably post in the soapbox forums. Also please be sure to read
the “stickies” at the top of this forum (assuming you’re using the HTTP
interface at http://forums.opensuse.org which you probably are) to get
started. Searching back through this forum may also give you a lot of
information, or at least some ideas on what to start posting to get help.

Good luck.

carlchurch wrote:
> I have played around with Linux on and off for several years. I have to
> say it has not improved much in the ease of use area. If it is ever to
> be of any serious competition to Windows things juts have to be much
> easier. In Ubuntu at least it was easy to set up my internet connection,
> but not so in openSUSE.
>
> I have no idea even where to start as there are no simple instructions
> on how to do it, at least none I can find. All the info I have read is
> obviously written by and aimed toward computer geeks with knowledge of
> the command line interface, which I don’t want to touch.
>
> I guess I’m venting because I want Linux to work, but until it
> approaches the ease of windows it has no chance whatsoever of becoming a
> really viable alternative.
>
>
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I always had a similar problem trying to get online with my laptop with many different versions/distros of Linux. OpenSUSE 11.1 is the 1st one that recognized my laptop with my wireless network.

We have a chicken and egg problem. When enough users want to use
Linux, then the vendors will need to cooperate. At the moment, there
are three main problems:

(1) Vendors do not need to provide Linux drivers. In addition, they do
not authorize the distribution of their firmware. Until they do, their
devices will not work “out of the box”. This situation is changing
daily. Atheros just open-sourced their Hardware Abstraction Layer, and
Intel backed off from using a binary blob in favor of an open-source
driver.

(2) There are a lot of devices for which there is no interest in
writing a Linux driver.

(3) Vendor development is too fast for the device driver writers to
keep up. Thus the latest devices such as 802.11n are not yet supported.

If you have a supported device that does not need external firmware,
then all is good. For example, I installed openSUSE 11.1 on an ancient
laptop of mine by from the NET install iso using a USB stick with an
RTL8187B chip. I even was able to input the WPA passphrase to connect
to my LAN.

Larry