Recommendation for a Linux alternative to Centos - ATH9K disaster
I persuaded a reluctant friend to buy a new computer. I enthusiastically
extolled the joys and benefits of Centos and promised to install it on
his new machine - dual booting with Micro$oft Windoze 7.
His super-duper new laptop arrived. Acer, AMD 4 core, fast etc. but not
as nice looking as my impressive HP DV5. The wireless refused to
After 8 hours on Saturday I could sometimes see hubs in the
neighbourhood but could not connect to my own hub using WPA2.
iwlist wlan0 scan
produced technical details of local hubs - but still could not connect.
NetworkManager sometimes froze.
Spent many hours Googling for his wifi adaptor Altheros AR928K which
uses a driver known as ATH9K. Many others have had a similar problem.
Kernel 2.6.27 apparently includes this driver but Centos 5.5 is 2.6.18.
On my Sony Vaio netbook I abandoned XP and installed Centos 5.5. No wifi
(yet XP had) but luckily for me I eventually discovered the Altheros
AR8132 needed ATL1E which, for Centos 5.5, means a kernel modification.
Luckily it is on Elrepo as kmod-atl1e. A quick Yum and I was connected.
Many thanks to Elrepo. The netbook comes to life with Centos. Its now a
really usable machine. XP on a netbook was pure crap.
However ATH9K for Centos 5.5 does not exist.
This afternoon I had to tell my friend his brand new computer is
incompatible with Centos and wifi.
Please can anyone recommend a suitable Linux variant with a kernel >=
2.6.27 that is a bit like Centos ?
Does anyone know if Centos 5.6 will be on 2.6.18 and whether it will
have drivers like ATH9K ?
Anyone any idea what kernel version Centos 6 will have ?
Centos on 2 VPS, 2 desktops, 1 laptop and 1 netbook.
Going cheap : genuine Windoze 95 and 98 installation disks :-)
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