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    Re: Question about Broadcom driver after new Ubuntu Budgie install

    Hey, @chili555, FWIW (I got a case of the upgrade itchies and, hey, y'know, foolin' around with installs and partitions and such was why I bought the used ThinkPad...) I installed Ubuntu Budgie 19.10 last night and when I got to the page where it asked if I wanted to install both updates and 3rd-party software (like drivers!) I specifically *didn't* tick the 3rd-party box. And when the install was done, I right-clicked on the wi-fi applet in the panel to select Connection Information and there it shows brcmsmac as the driver! So...no installation of bcmwl-kernel-source along the way somewhere somehow. At the same time, however, I also did not go to the Drivers section of Getting Started and run that...because you told me that tool would happily install the wrong driver.

    And, yeah, I then manually enabled access to 3rd-party software when I installed Vivaldi and when I enabled backports repository...but that's confining that permission to specific cases, not giving blanket permission

    In the world of auto racing (where I'm a fan, not a participant) a well-known bit of wisdom in setting up a car for a particular track is "Never change more than one thing at a time" because otherwise you'll never know which change brought what result. And, so....I violated that, because I a) opted out of 3rd-party software and b) also didn't run the driver update. But at least I came away with the correct driver installed.

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    Re: Question about Broadcom driver after new Ubuntu Budgie install

    select Connection Information and there it shows brcmsmac as the driver!
    Correct.
    "Never change more than one thing at a time"
    Also correct.

    I assume that your wireless is working properly now. I wouldn't change a thing.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D.

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    Re: Question about Broadcom driver after new Ubuntu Budgie install

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Correct.Also correct.

    I assume that your wireless is working properly now. I wouldn't change a thing.
    It seems to be fine. The DL speeds I measured last night, though erratic (thanks, TDS), were not all that much slower than what I measured through my PC desktop via Ookla.

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