ndiswrapper, wireless, networking
Whatever name you want to give the problem, ndiswrapper, wireless, networking... this seems to be the final straw for me with Linux. What good is a computer in today's "eWorld" if you can't get it to connect to the internet? I don't expect it to see my Windows machines but an internet connection, web browsing and emails would be a nice start.
I've searched this forum and it seems questions regarding ndiswrapper often go unanswered. Now, whether that is because it's notoriously difficult to fix or whether nobody actually knows how to fix it, I don't know - but it's one problem too far for me.
I really wanted to make the switch to Linux. I really wanted to progress from noob to guru. Sadly it seems you need to be fluent in "command-line speak" to overcome many Linux problems. It just isn't as friendly as GUI applications are expected to be (at least to the generation of computer users raised on a diet of MS Windows).
People helpfully suggest things like "issue the command"
Then they suggest using the command...
ndiswrapper -i 'path of the driver'
Yeah right... but I'm a noob... where would I point and click to do that?
The best piece of advice I saw was...
"as root, just do a
and it will be downloaded and installed for you."
Ok explain to this noob how it can download anything when the object of this is to create an internet connection? Oh, while you're at it... how does this "as root" thing work? I click what? I type what, where?
Please try to understand that to new users all of this is a foreign language!
I don't want to sound critical or insulting of anybody but it's little wonder that many Windows users see Linux as "strictly for geeks". Myself? I'm a Linux-user wannabe but that's as far as I'm likely to get.
Linux will probably always be the best OS I never got to try out.