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LinuxPlanet: A Writer's View of the Linux Wireless Dream, Part 1

Jun 03, 2003, 17:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

"A busy manager, sitting in the airport, checking email on his wireless Linux laptop while waiting for his next flight to Cleveland. The teenage girl instant messaging her friends on her wireless Linux laptop while curled up in front of the TV. How about the friendly Linux writer doing a little research on the web, for a new Linux story, from the comfort of a nice lawn chair out in his back yard?

"All are glowing images of fantastic productivity and a future of unbridled freedom to work wherever and whenever you want while staying connected. Finally, a way out of Dilbert's world.

"As a necessarily thrifty professional Linux writer my opportunity to try out wireless came last Christmas season when my local computer retailer had a year-end sale. I set out to learn how 802.11 technology worked with a Linux laptop, a wireless card, some ideas about antennas, and a curiosity to see what all the hubbub was about..."

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