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Re: Fedora 11 wireless-tools yum erase?



> If a tool needs something to perform one of its functions it needs it.
> There isn't a "anaconda-no-wireless" package, etc.
>
>
> This speaks deeply to a cultural understanding as to what the concept
> of networking is.
>
> It seems obvious there are people who would like to consider wireless
> as "optional." as this is an historic artifact of how networking tech
> has developed over time.  I wonder, have we reached the point where
> other people have started to consider a wired network "optional" as
> well?
>
> -jef
>
>
>
> This is a good question. Laptops are becoming the norm if not already so,
> add "smart devices" and wireless is looking more like the standard rather
> than exception. We are not there quite yet though.
>
> To most (almost all) desktop users, wireless packages are superfluous. That
> is generally not the case with a laptop user. As long as they have the
> hardware to support both, they will continue to need (want) both. So no, I
> do not believe we've reached a point where wired would be concidered
> optional, not yet anyway.

I would agree, just about all NetBooks (possibly all) still come with
wired ethernet ports and given their price point I would expect that
that platform to be the one to drop the wired ports first. Also a
nummber of other devices that have only wireless still support usb
ethernet out of the box to provide wired support.

Peter


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