Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Upgraded to Sidux 2008-2

Today I did a network upgrade to Sidux 2008-2 and this, despite being a very large upgrade, went very well. No problems at all.
To do the upgrade, just need to run these commands as root in TTy1 (ctrl-alt-F1):

/etc/init.d/kdm stop
init 3
apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
init 5 && exit

After the upgrade, everything worked fine (that I've seen so far) except for wifi. however, this was very easy to get back just by following this guide.
The steps involved are, all run as root:
wget -c http://snapshots.madwifi.org/madwifi-trunk-current.tar.gz
tar -zxf madwifi-trunk-current.tar.gz
cd madwifi-*
make install
modprobe ath_pci

At this stage, iwconfig (as root) should show ath0 as a working device. Now just unplug the ethernet cable and reboot and wifi should connect. Strangely, however, no IP is taken up during the boot by DHCP. Yet once X starts, wireless is connected.

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