I have a Broadcom 43xx wireless card in a desktop too far away to plug into an ethernet connection.
Do I know about Broadcom and Ubuntu issues? Yes I do sir!
I too have been running Hardy since early Beta with no problems, and it actually caused me to load Ubuntu on a system that it wouldn't load on due to a known chipset issue with my SATA drives. No problem, it was well documented and I lived with it until someone provided a notice that HH Beta fixed the bug - VOILA! It worked and I was happy.
However, this Broadcom wireless card was reported and prematurely closed. Nothing anyone could say could convince anyone to reopen the bug report.
OK. But HH was released as LTS into an environment where there are tens if not hundreds of thousands of these cards, and there is NO way to black list the driver, therefore no way to upgrade, or do a clean install.
I am a Linux supporter, but the competition is Microsoft. Their install scripts almost always (but not perfectly) allow you to skip a known driver problem on install. Ubuntu must match or better that with its install scripts if it wishes to increase market share. At this point, expert users are throwing up their hands and mumbling about the install of HH.
I am all ears if you have an idea how to blacklist a driver on a clean install of HH on a wiped drive. I've tried it with a wiped drive with a clean install of Gutsy and a blacklist statement, then an upgrade.
Any thoughts on how else to beat this install routine?