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Re: [gNewSense-users] gnewsense on new laptop

From: Benedikt Ahrens
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gnewsense on new laptop
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 09:44:31 +0200

I recently sent a message to Los Alamos computers and asked which
version they installed.
They do install the latest gNS version. On their website they say that
the internal wifi will not work with gNS (they say that wifi will work
only with an external thingy).


> Los Alamos laptops come with wifi adapters that require nonfree
> software to function. They pre-install only an older version of
> gNewSense in which that particular nonfree device driver wasn't purged
> yet.
> Also, the term "100 % free software computer" doesn't apply to them or
> any mainstream PC's since they all contain nonfree BIOS'es. (Lemote's
> Yeeloong is one exception here.) However, we all need to buy computers
> somewhere and if you're unable to get a Lemote computer I suggest
> buying a laptop with Atheros wifi. (They sometimes come under
> different names. For examples, IBM or Lenovo Thinkpad wireless cards -
> not the Intel ones - contain these Atheros chipsets.)
> Ali
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