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Getting WiFi to work with Broadcom 43XX Chip

This is fairly easy with Ubuntu 7.10 and later. This assumes you have your notebook set up to dual-boot both Ubuntu and Windows.

  1. Get the directory from your Windows installation that contains the device driver for WiFi. Copy that directory to your home directory in Linux.
  2. From the command line, enter 'sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter' (or search for that package in Synaptic and install it).
  3. During the install, you will be asked if fwcutter can extract the microcode for your WiFi. Answer yes.
  4. Your WiFi should now work.

December 2008 NILUG Meeting

The December meeting of the North Idaho Linux Users Group will be held on Saturday, 13 December at the River of Life Friends Church in Post Falls. The meeting will start at 1 pm. The meeting is free to all and the regular members willingly answer questions for novices. This is a great time to bring your computer to the meeting and let us help you install Linux - just in time for Christmas.

We have no fixed topic for this meeting. If you have anything you want to learn about Linux, bring your questions to the meeting and we will try to answer them.

Page Link Fixed

The link to the Meeting Location page has been repaired. It still won't work on older postings, but it will now work on newer postings.

November 2008 NILUG Meeting

The November meeting of the North Idaho Linux Users Group will be held on Saturday, 8 November at the River of Life Friends Church in Post Falls. The meeting will start at 1 pm. The meeting is free to all and the regular members willingly answer questions for novices. Regular members will also help you install Linux - as a dual boot if necessary - if you bring your computer (monitor, keyboard and mouse, too) to the meeting.

This meeting we will be discussing the differences between the Gnome and KDE desktops, and why so many people display an almost religious fervor towards one or the other of these programs. We will also have an introduction to Grub - what it is, what it can do and how you can modify it to do your bidding. We will also have a demo of how to spice up your Ubuntu 8.10 install.

October 2008 NILUG Meeting

The October meeting of the North Idaho Linux Users Group will be held on Saturday, 11 October at the River of Life Friends Church in Post Falls. The meeting will start at 1 pm.

No formal program is scheduled for this month, so we will be able to answer questions and provide help for new users or for people who are interested in learning more about Linux and Open Source software.

Wednesday, 17 September, 2008

Go to the OpenStickers web site to pick up a couple of PDF files which contain some very nice stickers for open source.

Writing a Shell Script

Writing a Shell Script

September 2008 NILUG Meeting

The September meeting of the North Idaho Linux Users Group will be held on Saturday, 13 August at the River of Life Friends Church in Post Falls. The meeting will start at 1 pm.

Mike Burton will give a talk on 'Command Line Basics - Writing a Shell Script'. The talk will also be posted here after the meeting. Those of you interested in getting more work done with your Linux box should give a listen.

The NILUG meeting is free to all. If you would like to know more about Linux, or would like help installing Linux on your computer, we encourage you to attend the meeting.

August Meeting Addendum

I have just found out that the Software Freedom Day is September 20th. We should have a discussion at the next meeting as to whether we should participate in this event.

August 2008 NILUG Meeting

The August meeting of the North Idaho Linux Users Group will be held on Saturday, 9 August at the River of Life Friends Church in Post Falls. The meeting will start at 1 pm. The meeting is free to all and the regular members willingly answer questions for novices. Regular members will also help you install Linux - as a dual boot if necessary - if you bring your computer (monitor, keyboard and mouse, too) to the meeting.

We are looking for short articles we can post here to help those who are not up to speed with Linux. If you have written anything like that, bring it along to the meeting and we will post it here.

WiFi connection with Broadcom 43xx chip

This is fairly easy with Ubuntu 7.10 and later. This assumes you have your notebook set up to dual-boot both Ubuntu and Windows.

  1. Get the directory from your Windows installation that contains the device driver for WiFi. Copy that directory to your home directory in Linux.
  2. From the command line, enter 'sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter' (or search for that package in Synaptic and install it).
  3. During the install, you will be asked if fwcutter can extract the microcode for your WiFi. Answer yes.
  4. Your WiFi should now work.

July 2008 NILUG Meeting

The July meeting of the North Idaho Linux Users Group will be held on Saturday, 12 July at the River of Life Friends Church in Post Falls. The meeting will start at 1 pm.

June 2008 NILUG Meeting

Updated: I got the meeting place wrong. That's what I get for cutting and pasting. The error has been fixed.

The June meeting of the North Idaho Linux Users Group will be held on Saturday, 14 June at the American Legion HallRiver of Life Friends Church in Post Falls. The meeting will start at 1 pm.

The meeting will include demos of various Linux distros, help with installation for those who wish to do that, and a session on the Linux command line.

Attendance is free and to become a member, you just have to show up at the meeting. We hope to see you all there.

May 2008 NILUG Meeting - InstallFest & Demo Session

We will be having a special meeting on the 2nd Saturday of May. The entire meeting will be devoted to demonstrating various distributions of Linux, and installing Linux on new user's machines (if you want us to do that).

We will have a table or two set up to give people a hands-on view of various Linux distributions. We will be showing distributions on a rotating basis on a big screen projector.

Many Linux distributions come on 'Live CDs', which means you can run it on your computer without it even touching your hard disk. That allows the software to be evaluated with no impact on the evaluation system. We will have free copies of some of these live distribution disks, as well as free copies of non-live linux distributions, available to those who want them.

If you want to install Linux on your computer, bring the computer along and we will help you install the operating system. Linux is very tolerant of other operating systems, and it will co-exist on your hard disk with Windows, if there is enough room on the disk for both. By the way, if you bring your computer, don't forget the mouse, keyboard and monitor.

This meeting will start on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 1:00pm. The location is River of Life Friends Church in Post Falls, ID. You don't have to be a NILUG member to attend this meeting and there will be no pressure for you to join.

April 2008 NILUG Meeting

The next North Idaho Linux User Group meeting will be on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at the River of Life Friends Church in Post Falls. The meeting will start at 1:00 pm.

We will be discussing the addition of another monthly meeting, so one can be dedicated to social networking, open source talks and question answering, while the other can be used as a technical session, including installations.

There is one scheduled talk for this meeting. A presentation on Ubuntu 8.04 will be given by a member who has been using it for the last month. Be sure to attend if you wish to find out about this new version, which will officially be released on the 24th of April.

March, 2008 NILUG Meeting - New Meeting Time and Location

We have changed our meeting location to the River of Life Friends Church in Post Falls. The meeting start time has also been changed to 1pm to allow everyone to have lunch before the meeting. We have provided a map on our Meeting Location page.

We have also introduced a bit of structure into the meetings, as shown below.

Anyone who is interested in Linux can attend. There are no obligations of any kind.

February, 2008 NILUG Meeting - New Feature

The February of the North Idaho Linux Users Group will be held on Saturday, 9 February at the American Legion Hall in Post Falls. The meeting will start at noon.

The meeting will have a new feature - a formal Question and Answer session. Store up your Linux questions and bring them to the meeting. Let the users with more experience try to solve your problems.

Update:

This month's meeting will also feature a review of two different low-end Linux-based notebook computers. If you are interested in those kind of machines, you should definitely attend.

January 2008 NILUG Meeting

The first meeting of 2008 of the North Idaho Linux Users Group will be held on Saturday, 12 January at the American Legion Hall in Post Falls. The meeting will start at noon.

The hall has facilities for Internet access, primarily by wireless. Anyone who has an interest in replacing Vista with an operating system that actually works is invited to attend. We will answer questions, show you what Linux is all about, or even help you install it.