[CentOS] CentOS 5.2 -- how do I choose a wireless network?

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Wed Aug 6 10:57:08 UTC 2008


Aleksey Tsalolikhin wrote:
> Good answer.  Thanks, Spiro!   I'll try Ubunto.
> 
> Aleksey
> 
> On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 9:53 PM, Spiro Harvey, Knossos Networks Ltd
> <spiro at knossos.net.nz> wrote:
>> CentOS is aimed as a server distribution, and I don't recommend it for a
>> home machine. You would do better to look at Fedora or Ubuntu. They are
>> designed as home distributions and are far better for getting going on a
>> home network.

OK ... this is silly

CentOS is an Enterprise distro and works great as a workstation.  In 
fact, it is just as good as Ubuntu for a desktop.  I would argue that a 
stable, supported for several year desktop is much better than a distro 
that upgrades every 6 months.

I am not in the business of tearing down other distros, so I won't ... 
and if you want to use Ubuntu, great.  But, there are millions of users 
of CentOS and many people use it on the desktop and on their wireless 
laptops.

WRT wireless on CentOS, use NetworkManager to find and connect to 
networks ...

You can see if it is installed with the command:

rpm -qa | egrep "NetworkManager|wpa_supplicant"

If installed, the output is similar to this:

NetworkManager-0.6.4-8.el5
NetworkManager-glib-0.6.4-8.el5
NetworkManager-gnome-0.6.4-8.el5
wpa_supplicant-0.4.8-10.2.el5

If not, install with thsi command:

yum install NetworkManger\* wpa_supplicant

The run NetworkManager from the command line.

You will see a NetworkManager applet beside the clock and you should be 
able to click it and pick a network.

Here are more details for how to setup NetworkManager:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Tools/NetworkManager

Thanks,
Johnny Hughes

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