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about me

John M is a Linux fan in Lowell, MA.

I work at at a company writing software. I fool around with Free and Open Source software for fun & profit.

I was big into and you can still see some of what I listen to there. I can also be found using github and recently sourcehut as well as bitbucket (historically). I don't care for most popular social media sites. If I have an account on one or the other it's probably either old and unused or was created just for tinkering.


Links to things I like, use, or otherwise feel is worth sharing. Things I'd like to see get more popular.

Ubuntu Dapper and My ipw2200

Using WPA supplicant with a ipw2200 in kubuntu dapper, with kernel 2.6.15

Ok, I hope google likes the title and sub-title enough to get it's attention. :-) It sure took me long enough to figure this out. When I upgraded to kubuntu dapper from breezy, wpa_supplicant stopped working, the error I got was "ioctl[IPW_IOCTL_WPA_SUPPLICANT]: Operation not supported".

As it turns out kernels 2.6.15 (and above?) don't want the "-D ipw" parameter, it should instead be "-D wext". I had to change this in /etc/default/wpasupplicant.

It also removed the wpasupplicant init script, that might have been by design though. (That whole silly Network Manager thing, why do I need a gui for something that should run all the time). Either way, I'm back running wirelessly again.

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