I decided to give OpenSUSE, based on Red Hat, a try and found WIFI not working on my Dell 1501. Therefore, I looked for a solution. The solution I found online gave some issues.
Ubuntu says to install:
OpenSUSE says to install
- zypper install b43-fwcutter
The first command for OpenSUSE worked fine. The second one crashed my computer. Therefore, I decided to look into the problem.
My card is a 14e4:4311 as told by OpenSUSE on the command line.
- 05:00.0 Network controller : Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
I decided to try installing firmware-b43-installer in OpenSUSE to see if that does anything. Unfortunately, OpenSUSE did not have such a file. Therefore, I installed b43-firmware which looks identical. With that done, the second command for OpenSUSE runs without error. Furthermore, WIFI works. Therefore, the solution seems to be to install b43-firmware. The software above requires that the Packman repository be added in OpenSUSE.
Flash is much slower in OpenSUSE 12.3, 32-bit version based on Red Hat, when compared to Linux Mint, 64-bit version based on Debian. Therefore, Adobe Flash may run faster on a different Linux version. Adobe Flash may also run faster on a 64-bit version of Linux.
The aforementioned were tested using Google Chrome and a RAMDisk.
I will continue to test OpenSUSE for more issues.