Best distro for wireless support
I'm a web developer trying to choose a linux/BSD distro for my laptop, any recommendations? It's important that I get my wireless card working so If you know any distros that are easy to configure with my card let me know.
Idealy I would like this pre-installed:
I'm also hoping to have a relatively lightweight instalation (If you can call Linux with a desktop environment 'lightweight'). Although I'm not particularly short on diskspace I just don't want to install a load of apps I don't use.
So far I have a shortlist of:
simplyMepis (easy to install)
gentoo (harder to install)
freeBSD is on the list because a lot of my websites are hosted on a friends freeBSD server and I'd like to learn a bit more about it.
Dell Latitude 110L
Celeron M 1.3ghz
10gb to spare on HD
Mobile intel 915GM/GMS,910GML
Intel Pro/wireless 2200BG
Sony DVD +-RW DW-D56A
Cheers for your advice
Mepis = Me-piece (of $#IT)
Let me begin by stating that I do not engage in posting on forums. I Googled to find someone's opinion of the best Linux distro for wireless support. After installing Mepis (twice, the first time it failed miserably), and wrestling with it for a few hours, I felt compelled to create an account here for the single purpose of slamming this ridiculous excuse for an OS.
Not only does Mepis refuse to connect to my UNSECURED, OPEN home network, but the stupid network-monitor-thingy in the taskbar is useless. It doesn't give any options to configure it. It doesn't list available networks. It merely lists a handful of mostly irrelevant, poorly-labeled, and cryptic stats. I had to dig and search just to find anything that could actually configure the card, hidden away in a lost corner of the random mess they consider an interface. Configure is perhaps too strong a word here. It's more like a handful of poorly-labeled options which don't work and don't explain why.
Aside from the ineptness of this distro's networking, the desktop is hideous. Appearance options are less than limited. It won't even fill the screen on my laptop, because it didn't have a driver for my older GeForce (nvidia), and it won't give resolution options higher than 1024 X 768. Every bit of wordage looks like it was written by a grade-school dropout or someone who speaks English as a second or third language.
Ubuntu, SUSE, Xandros, Kubuntu, ALL BURY this pathetic distribution.
-Samcastic the Annoyed