February 28, 2006
Blogging from the Gnome Panel
For those who don't yet know, I'm running Linux on my laptop. I choose the Gentoo installation because of it's insane customizability. I'm happy with it so far. I hope to post more about the fun of making that happen later.
Posted by TheIdeaMan at February 28, 2006 01:44 PM
For now, I just wanted to post from my newly installed (or "emerged" in Gentoo terms) gnome-blog. It's a handy blogging utility for the Gnome panel.
How is its wireless support? Setting that up on Linux was the biggest pain in the neck for me.
It turned out to be comparitively easy. From what I've seen of my installation and of what a friend of mine has been attempting, it comes down to what wireless card you're using.
I'm on a Netgear MA401 (802.11b) oldy-but-goody. It turned out to use Orinoco drivers which have been around for "some time" (by comparison). A friend had to go the NDISWrapper route (it uses Windows drivers in Linux). His install was more painful, but that seemed to be related to the more "friendly" environments he was trying (Kubuntu, Suse). He's now trying his hand at a Gentoo installation--genkernelling as I type, I think.
Once I got the driver thing figured out, the trickier part was understanding which config files needed to be updated and init scripts run. In the end, the "trouble" with that side of things proved to be my oversite of the "net.eth2" init script. Running that got everything going.
Plugging in the computer goes a long way. 8o)