Installing OpenSUSE 12.3 for the first time

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:

  • b43-fwcutter
  • firmware-b43-installer

OpenSUSE says to install

  •  zypper install b43-fwcutter
  • /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

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 [0280]: 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.


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