I had the feeling that there were an inordinate number of posts just recently about the inability to create wireless connections in Linux Mint. In order to test that theory I did a search for the word 'wireless' on the forum restricted to the last 1 month. This returned around 190 threads (threads not posts) but some of them were not relevant so I subtracted a few non pertinent words that occurred in thread titles. I only got so far with this because the search function complained I was using too many words in the end, but up to this point I still have 156 threads. Here is the search if you want to see it. http://forums.linuxmint.com/search.php?st=30&sk=t&sd=d&sr=topics&keywords=wireless+-Nvidia+-Graphics+-grub+-keyboard+-bluetooth+-Debian
I know there are still some non relevant threads in that list, but I don't intend to read 156 threads to get a definitive answer, as far as I am concerned my suspicions are proven.
So around 150 people in the last month are having difficulty with wireless connections. Now you could read into that the fact that we have a lot of newbies trying Mint out for the first time who haven't quite got to grips with things yet, and obviously that would be a good thing. Or you could read into it that there is a problem with wireless connections in general within Linux. I personally think it is the latter case. I am not a newbie, and yet I can't get my wife's computer to connect to a wireless connection (in the same room) with any consistency at all. It never connects automatically and it frequently takes three or four manual attempts to connect (although it always does so eventually). I have tried all the so called fixes with the exception of turning off the gnome-keyring password which I think is too great a security risk.
I am not looking for an answer to my particular problem (if I was I would post the question elsewhere in the forum), in fact I would be obliged if you wouldn't even comment on it in this thread, but I would like to hear your thoughts of this problem as a whole.
Wireless internet is so vital to computing today that an OS that fails to deliver it is not long for this world!
I don't think by any means that this is purely a Mint problem, I am sure if you repeated the search on a Ubuntu forum you would get an even greater number of hits.
Can Linux afford this? I don't think so.
I think it needs to be addressed at a very high level and very soon.
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532. Intel i5 processor, 6Gb ram, Intel HD3000 graphics, Intel Audio/wifi. Realtek RTL8111/8168B Ethernet.Lubuntu 13.10,Ubuntu12.10 (Unity), Mint16 (Cinnamon), Manjaro (Xfce).