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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:25 pm 
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weyasey wrote:
Hi Ed my wireless is also open but I monitor all connections to it and ban anyone who abuse it.

To get your onboard Atheros wifi card to work is simple just install the madwifi driver, it is in the Blag repo so can be installed by apt-get install madwifi. I use many wifi cards and never ever use Ndiswrapper after installing the madwifi driver just reboot then do iwconfig and you should see the ath0 or wlan0 interface for the Atheros card.

Good luck

Vas



Ed, I also am stuck with an onboard Atheros card and use madwifi (my BLAG devel box is an Intel Mac Mini ;)). I've never used ndiswrapper before either. Here's how you'd use WEP to keep Mrs. ewl happy ;) This is assuming your ESSID is BLAGBLAG and your WEP key is deadbeef00
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modprobe ath_pci   
wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta
iwconfig ath0 essid "BLAGBLAG" key deadbeef00
dhclient ath0        (if you need an IP from a DHCP server)

After doing that once, it usually "just works" on subsequent reboots.


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I tend to build the driver for my Atheros wireless cards from source as I have about five of them. It's in the repo so there's no -real- need to build one yourself [1].

Once it's installed you can check some of the parameters as shown [2]. I also run an open wireless network at home and I'm happy for others to use it. (Anyone seen one of my kismet videos ;-))

Ed, I've got half way thru your podcast and I've made some notes. Mind if I share my thoughts on them with you here?

[1]
Code:
apt-cache show madwifi
Package: madwifi
Section: System Environment/Kernel
Installed Size: 11799266
Packager: Matthias Saou <matthias>
Version: 0.9.4-0.1.r2594.fc7
Pre-Depends: /bin/sh, /bin/sh, dkms, dkms
Depends: /bin/bash, /bin/sh, /usr/bin/perl, gcc, libc.so.6, libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.0), libc.so.6(GLIBC_2.1), libc.so.6(GLI\
BC_2.3), make, perl(strict), perl(warnings), rtld(GNU_HASH)
Provides: dkms-madwifi = 0.9.4-0.1.r2594.fc7, madwifi = 0.9.4-0.1.r2594.fc7
Architecture: i386
Size: 4025666
MD5Sum: 9a8ac15d84ee767ea352853e4c268b2c
Filename: madwifi-0.9.4-0.1.r2594.fc7.i386.rpm
Summary: Multiband Atheros Driver for Wireless Fidelity
Description:
 MadWifi is short for Multiband Atheros Driver for Wireless Fidelity. It
 provides a Linux kernel device driver for Atheros-based Wireless LAN
 devices. The driver works such that your WLAN card will appear as a normal
 network interface in the system. Additionally there is support for the
 Wireless Extensions API. This allows you to configure the device using
 common wireless tools (ifconfig, iwconfig and friends).


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Code:
/sbin/modinfo ath_pci
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.23.12-52.fc7/net/ath_pci.ko
license:        Dual BSD/GPL
version:        0.9.3.3
description:    Support for Atheros 802.11 wireless LAN cards.
author:         Errno Consulting, Sam Leffler
srcversion:     DD6CE1543B6416DA783D11F
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00009013sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd0000001Dsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd0000001Csv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd0000001Bsv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd0000001Asv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00000019sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00000018sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00000017sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00000016sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00000015sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd0000101Asv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00001014sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000010B7d00000013sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000A727d00000013sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00000013sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00000012sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v0000168Cd00000007sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
depends:        ath_hal,wlan
vermagic:       2.6.23.12-52.fc7 SMP mod_unload 686 4KSTACKS
parm:           countrycode:Override default country code (int)
parm:           outdoor:Enable/disable outdoor use (int)
parm:           xchanmode:Enable/disable extended channel mode (int)
parm:           rfkill:Enable/disable RFKILL capability (int)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:06 am 
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john maclean wrote:
Ed, I've got half way thru your podcast and I've made some notes. Mind if I share my thoughts on them with you here?


Yes please do.

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iron_chef wrote:
Code:
modprobe ath_pci   
wlanconfig ath0 create wlandev wifi0 wlanmode sta


I get:

Code:
wlanconfig: ioctl: No such device

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- Bookmarked! Like the BLAG cast.
- The hiss was barely noticeable for me anyway. The mike was set to the right level.
- Like the intro music, did you have anything to do with that?
- Like the history of GNU and your explanation of what "free" means
- At the post installation stage, if you don't agree to the GPL you are given an abort/reboot choice
- You don't have to specify any ports for ssh after the installation. I've not done so and ssh works without effort here
- There are screenshots of the installations available over at the wiki.
- It seemed that you wanted to keep some data from a previous installation? If so then you got the point across that this is possible. May want to mention that BLAG allows dual-booting, as do all distros.
- You went through some of the install options, such as miniblag etc - that was cool.
- I also think that you added an account for your wife on your laptop? There's an entry in the gnome menu that'll do that for you so that you don't have to use the CL.
- Once the installation is complete X does take a while to fire up. I've seen that with a lot of distros and editions of BLAG. Only time the "delay" happens though is upon the first activation of X. Seems as if you were about to grab a tty.

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john maclean wrote:
- Like the intro music, did you have anything to do with that?


Yes, that was Louis Armstrong "Ain't Misbehavin'" circa 1929. I got it from Internet Archive. It's public domain. The music at the end is podsafe. I put the whole thing together with audacity.

I'll include all the other info you gave me in the next episode. Thanks

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I'm listening to part 2. Comments:

I removed mozilla-gnash from the repo. This was a holdover from 60k and is not needed for the current gnash. Thanks for catching it.

/usr/sbin and /sbin aren't in the $PATH in both BLAG and Fedora. You could `su -` (with a "-") to auto-add them (read in root's $PATH) when you `su`. That works better.

e17 is in "alpha" and has been for a *looong* time... But it's cool. DR16 is quite old.

The audio sounded far better. But I noticed around the 60 minute mark there was some weird whistling sound.

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jebba wrote:
The audio sounded far better. But I noticed around the 60 minute mark there was some weird whistling sound.



Yeah, I'd already recorded most of the show before I thought of resurrecting my Dell laptop. So the only parts that I got to record with it were the intro, the feedback section and the introduction to the song at the end. The rest I did with a usb sound card which produces a hiss also. I heard on the Linux Action Show (they seem to know a lot about audio) that the hiss that I get from all my other computers except the old Dell laptop has something to do with the sound card sharing an irq with some other hardware. I guess windows has a work around for it but alsa hasn't caught up yet. But I think the Dell should run for a while with the usb flash version of puppy on it. No moving parts except for the keyboard.

I'll do another Blag episode when the next version comes out (80k or 90k?).

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