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Linux Journal: Polishing Your Linux Laptop Setup

May 23, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Docherty)

"In my past laptop oriented articles, I talked about procedures for installing a base Linux system and setting up GNOME 2.2. This time around, I discuss a few odds and ends that did not quite fit those other two articles but definitely deserve further attention.

"Wireless networking is an integral advantage to laptop computing. In my situation, I never would have gotten involved with Linux on laptops if wireless networking had not become available. There's nothing quite like browsing the Web from your favorite chair with a cold beverage nearby, the way all computing should be done. For this example, I'm going to set up a Lucent Orinoco 802.11b PCMCIA card. There are many new and old standards in the wireless world, but from what I have seen 802.11b is by far the most popular. Also, you may find it necessary to implement different layers of security if you live in a populated area. Plenty of articles already are written that discuss the complicated world of WiFi security, so I'm not going to dabble in that arena. If you'd like to learn more about WiFi security, check out the Resources at the end of this article, and your questions will be answered.

"As with most network device installs, the first thing you need to do is make sure the kernel module or modules are installed for the hardware in question. In the case of the Orinoco, you should have set the following options in your kernel configuration under Network device support. If you have not set these options, you now need to recompile and reinstall the kernel..."

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