[kwlug-disc] ubuntu 9.04 and broadcom wireless -- out of the box?

Chris Irwin chris at chrisirwin.ca
Tue Jun 23 13:37:36 EDT 2009


On Tue, 2009-06-23 at 12:30 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> in a day or two, i'm going to install ubuntu 9.04 on one of my
> gateway laptops which has a broadcom BCM4318 wireless chip.  will that
> work out of the box and detect and connect to visible wireless
> networks, or will i have to manually download and install the
> appropriate broadcom firmware as i do with fedora?  thanks.

It may not work out of the box. Typically Ubuntu avoids using any
proprietary drivers or firmware on a fresh install. The "Hardware
Drivers" utility should pop up on first log-on and inform you of
available proprietary bits and activate them. You may need a wired
connection for this.

jockey-gtk if you need to run it manually.

-- 
Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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