[plug] HP/Compaq NX5000 Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX NIC problem

Lucas van Staden lvs at dedmeet.com
Fri Oct 24 12:54:11 WST 2008

Gregory Orange wrote:
> Bret Busby wrote:
>> The BCM43XXX is the wireless card, I think, and I only use wired 
>> communications.
> Yeah, Lucas & I were just on a tangent (:
>> I think, from the above, that the B44xxx issue, appears to be a 
>> defective driver in Debian 4, and the Ubuntu drivers working better.
>> I think that this goes to the issue of Ubuntu being more able to run 
>> Linux, than Debian, which is unfortunate, as I have (mostly) found 
>> Debian to be to my liking.
> Rather surprising to me, but I don't have much understanding of the 
> interaction between two distros. Ubuntu is based on Debian. Ubuntu 
> works better in this particular regard than Debian. What gives? Heck, 
> can't Debian just grab the better driver and use it? Or are they using 
> the same driver, but in a way that doesn't perform as well?
It Comes down to Debian preferring not to just 'go ahead' and update 
stuff. One of Debian's downfalls is their long wait time to the next 
release, but then that is also their plus side - stable. Things just 
don't change quick enough....

Ubuntu has taken the stable Debian, and went ahead to allow it to be 
updated more frequently, in the guize of ubuntu updates.

Hence - Debian is stuck with the defective drivers, and ubuntu is not.

don't get me wrong I LOVE Debian - I even got the t-shirt that says so ;)


> Greg.
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