After three recent virus infections on Windows XP and Windows 7 (including at least one rootkit infection), I turned to Ubuntu Linux as a safer operating system. Two of the PCs were blessed with Atheros-based wireless network adapters, which are well-supported on Linux. The other laptop, a Dell Inspiron 2200, is blessed with one of those infamous Broadcom chipsets.
Supposedly, the BCM4328 (rev 02) wireless chipset is supported on Linux, but as of Ubuntu Desktop 11.04 and Linux Mint 11, it doesn’t work reliably. So I turned to the old tried-and-true ndiswrapper to run the BCM4328 Windows driver under Linux. Continue reading