qkzoo wrote:Ok, I did a fresh install over at a friends house, where I could plug the netbook directly into his network. After this, the network was detected during install, and everything went pretty smooth. After the install finished up, I disconnected the network cable and rebooted to see if it would find the wireless networks. However, it didn't. I plugged the network cable back in, and installed the 'network-manager-gnome' package and that seemed to do the trick.
My question is, are the network-manager-gnome packages even on the LXDE (Debian Squeeze Stable) cd? How would I install this with out having to manually install a crapload of dependencies? I tried it that way, and finally gave up. This wouldn't be a problem if we actually had internet here at home. What I use for active internet at home is a mobile phone setup as a wifi hotspot. Therefore, whenever I do a fresh install, and would like wifi installed I have to go somewhere to physically plug my computer into a network first?
There must be another solution, but I do have this working that way right now, I would just like somebody to tell me I'm an idiot and that the network manager files are on the cd, you just have to ___________________________ to install them (please fill in the blank)!
Debian uses "Free" software, but allows the proprietary software that some hardware requires to function correctly. Some distros come with "non Free" for the more common hardware. To install Debian, you can check your hardware before installing, then download any drivers needed by hardware that doesn't have open source drivers. During the installation, when your network card is detected, you have the option to plug in a CD or USB device with the non free drivers; your choice.
I'm not certain about LXDE packages since I use mostly KDE, however you can easily check the contents of any Debian CD - all published openly for all to see.
How often do you want to do a fresh install? Even if you do, know what non free drivers you need, keep them on a USB flash disk, plug it in when asked for the drivers. Simple. There is another CD disk image you can download with the non free drivers in case you change hardware frequently.