Ubuntu 8.04 rocks!

I own a HP Pavilion dv6626us (also known as the dv6625us entertainment laptop) AMD based laptop which previously had Fedora 8 running on a dedicated linux partition. Problem as with linux is always support for some hardware, in this case the laptop uses a broadcom 43xx based wifi network wireless card. Configuration takes a while using bcm43xx linux driver which can be obtained from here.  I decided over the weekend to retry ubuntu using the live cd which l use on and off. I installed ubuntu from the live cd, and after rebooting and running a lengthy neccessary update, a pop up appeared suggesting l install 2 crucial non-licensed drivers for the broadcom nic and the Nvidia geoforce go 7150m graphics card. Once l did this, l had full wireless connectivity without the need for a reboot!

Fedora 8, Fedora 9, HP6626us laptop wireless setup

4)

Hers the steps l took to get the broadcom bcm43xx wireless network card working under Fedora 9 (sulphur) on my HP dv6626us AMD Turion64 based laptop.

1)

[root@localhost ~]# yum install bcm43xx-fwcutter
Loaded plugins: refresh-packagekit
Setting up Install Process
Parsing package install arguments
Package bcm43xx-fwcutter-006-4.fc9.x86_64 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do

2)

Download firmware

wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/source…80.53.0.tar.bz2

3)

[root@localhost steve]# cd broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0
[root@localhost broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0]# ls
kmod  libbcmcrypto.so  nas  WHERE_FROM  wl

4)

[root@localhost broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0]# cd kmod
[root@localhost kmod]# ls
wl_apsta_mimo.o  wl_apsta.o
[root@localhost kmod]# bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o
*** WARNING ***
This file contains new version4
firmware. v4 firmware is _not_ supported by
the driver in mainline kernels. For v4 firmware
you need latest bcm43xx development version
(wireless-dev kernel tree). If you don’t know what
this warning is about, use a 3.xx.xx.xx driver version
instead to extract the firmware.

filename   :  wl_apsta.o
version    :  4.80.53.0
MD5        :  9207bc565c2fc9fa1591f6c7911d3fc0
microcodes :  4 5 11 13
pcms       :  4 5

… and so on………………
extracting bcm43xx_initval25.fw …
[root@localhost kmod]#

Now , reboot your laptop

Silverlight via Open Source

I use and work on Silverlight 2 development using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008. Heres an interesting development l just found out about callled Moonlight, which is geared towards being an open source implementation for unix/linux. Cant wait to try this on my linux distro Fedora. Heres the website link: http://go-mono.com/moonlight/

Another interesting development to watch is: eyeOS – web based operating system – see: http://eyeos.org/en/