I have been using Linux for almost two years now, however two weeks ago I became frustrated with some of the shortcomings of Linux. I formated my notebook and installed Windows XP on it. I develop software for several companies, so there are lots of tools and applications that need to be installed. After two days everything was installed and I was back in business. I took a total of three days of using Windows again to remember why I quit using it full time in the first place. It really does suck. Between to constant array of blue screens, lockups and other stupid problems. I always love it when you have two programs that just can not be installed on the same program. It didn’t take long for me to be back on Linux. So I am happily back on Ubuntu Dapper Drake.
One of the first things I did after getting back on Ubuntu was to get the NetworkManager working. This is used for configuring wireless networks and works almost as good as the wireless ability in Windows. It also supports both WEP and WPA without any extra configuration. The steps to install NetworkManager are:
sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome
sudo gtk-update-icon-cache -f /usr/share/icons/hicolor/
sudo cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.back
Edit the file interfaces so only the following lines are left:
# The loopback network interface
iface lo inet loopback
Then a quick reboot and you should be ready to go. If you are using KDE then you can install network-manager-kde. If you do not edit the interfaces file then NetworkManager will not be able to control the nic cards.
sudo vi /etc