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Old 06. May 2013, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What version to use for a wireless live CD

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I am totally new to Linux and I want to create a live CD that I can use to connect to the net through a wireless modem. I was going to use Mint 14 mate just because it seemed suitable for a beginner. Do you think this is suitable for the task? Is there any advice you can give before I start?

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Linux Mint is an excellent distro. Try searching their forum for threads directly related to the type of connection you wish to set up. Chances are that someone will already have posted about it.
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I am also new to Linux. I found that when booting Mint in a live session it found and configured my wireless card automatically and gave me a list of wireless networks found. All I needed to do was select my own wireless and enter the password/key. There is also a wireless icon in the bottom right bar that gives access to the list of networks. (Obviously it can't save the key between sessions).

Really couldn't be easier, and is wonderful compared to Windoze.

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P.S. I'm using Cinnamon but I also tried Mate and it was the same.
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Really couldn't be easier, and is wonderful compared to Windoze.
Glad you were able to get it sorted.

I have an ongoing issue with my secondary connection which is a USB modem. Most distros recognize this but Mageia which is one of the best and most popular doesn't. Considering the make is one of the most widely used in my country and supplied by the leading ISP, this is a big oversight. There are workarounds but these are not newbie compatible.
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Thanks. I'll give it a try and see how it works out.
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Old 08. May 2013, 11:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have to say I'm very impressed with Mint. I downloaded it, burnt the ISO, booted the disc and it detected my wireless modem. All I had to do was enter the password and I was on the net. I have no experience with Linux and it could not have gone smoother. I'm sure there will be some bumps but so far so good.

I do have a question but I will start a new topic.
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