but was not an issue in LMDE past or present
, and a good point to end my participation, good night and good luck.
Not sure I get the punch line but thanks for trying to help in any case. Would anyone else care to point me to any information as to why this only effects Mint 12? After that last comment by richyrich I admit I doubted myself so I threw LMDE back on my thumb drive and am posting from the Live installation, over wireless using the driver "rt2800pci." This is the HP desktop I mentioned in my first post that has a Linksys wireless card in it. There is absolutely no LAN connection to this PC as I need this system to be off our works network for security purposes. This machine runs LMDE from the 201109 image normally and as I just typed a moment ago is at this second running from the live install completely fine out-of-box. This once again raises my concern why the newest Ubuntu based distro does not do the same? These were only released a few months apart. Is this something new based on some initiative from companies like Broadcom? If it is does that mean we will lose support for our older Mint distros?
Ah, I think I see the error I made in trying to communicate my concerns. I said this:
SsAnubis wrote:Linux Mint 12 has several standard wireless driver sets (an example is Broadcom) removed from the default packages.
I think this example should have been left out, as it seems to have been the focus the last few posts. This was intended only as an example. This was not my focus. Some Realtek drivers also do not work that previously did. Thats what the HP and the Dell I have here are using and they cannot connect using Mint 12, but can connect using LMDE. The Lenovo's use both Intel chipsets and Broadcom chipsets depending on the model of laptop, and the Intel based laptops can all connect without issues. The strange thing is even the laptops with Broadcom chipsets CAN connect with LMDE although having read some older posts I see there have been problems listed for Broadcom in the wireless section for LMDE, perhaps I am lucky? In any case support that used to be present is no longer there and that was the whole point of my posting here, which my post count will indicate I don't often do, thus I really did find this important. This is a niche distro, as all respins are. This is built off Ubuntu, the reason people pick it over Ubuntu's main line is typically for the better out-of-box experience. My concern is that some of that is gone and needs to be addressed.