Fedora 26 + Wireless + BCM43142

I have a laptop, it’s a Dell Inspiron 15 [3000 Series] who’s wireless doesn’t work out the box.

This is how I installed the driver to get it working.

1, check which model of Broadcome you have

[paulmellors@sheldon ~]$ lspci | grep Network
06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Limited BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
[paulmellors@sheldon ~]$

2. Install RPM Fusion for your system from here

3. Install broadcom-wl

[root@sheldon paulmellors]# dnf install broadcom-wl

Reboot, and your wireless should be available now.

I use the i3 window manager, so I had to also install the network-manager-applet so I could load nm-applet, but it worked once I’d added the comment to the i3 config.

Screenshot from 2017-09-05 10-56-56

 

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Fedora participation

I was asked this question last week,

Therefore, at this point, we kindly ask that you should please inform us whether:
a) You’re an active ambassador mentor and currently available
b) You’re an active ambassador mentor, but currently unavailable
c) You’re an inactive ambassador mentor and wish to offer your place to someone else

And unfortunately I replied with

c) You’re an inactive ambassador mentor and wish to offer your place to someone else

My problem is time, I don’t have time for this any more and too be honest I lost all interest 😦

It’s not that I don’t love Fedora and it’s community, I just lost interest in it….Is that a problem with me or the community, I don’t know.

To be honest, it’s probably just me, all the people I’ve spoken to over the years and all the friends I’ve made are awesome, I can’t fault any one or anything I’ve just come to the end of my tether.  I really shouldn’t of reapplied for my mentorship in the first place 😦

If people want to contact me, then they are more than welcome as ever.

So long and thanks for all the fish…..

 

It’s been an age…..

It’s been an age since I’ve posted a blog entry, it’s been a longer age since I’ve posted on the Fedora Planet.  How sad.  I’ve been away as my laptop broke [this is now resolved] and the server I was using to host all my ssh/irc/irssi stuff, was shutdown for personal reasons, this hasn’t been resolved yet but hopefully will be soon.

All in all I’ve been away from my Fedora duties far too long and it’s something I’ve been missing.   So I’m going to try an get back to a more stable situation in 2017, it’s pointless trying anything now as it’ll all go to pot around Christmas and from the 16th December I’ll be on my jollies and not available at all until around the 28th.

If there is anything you need from me while I’m away from the front line, then please feel free to contact me at prjmellors -@- gmail.com, I’m always about and quite partial to the odd chin wag.

Any way, until you see me again in Jan – Peace, Out.

Lack of availability

A few people have been inquiring where I’ve been online the last few weeks/months and am I ok?

Short answer – Yes I’m fine 🙂

Longer [only slightly] answer – Yes I’m fine, my laptop broke.   A couple of weeks ago, my laptop started powering off for no reason, it wouldn’t stay up for more than 2 mins at a time.  To be honest it’s an old laptop so apart from all the standard checks/taking apart/cleaning/brief investigation, it’s not worth spending any more time on it.  As it was my workhorse, I don’t have a replacement yet.  I’ve been loaned a laptop which I’m grateful for, but really need to replace my own.   For the time being then, I’ll not be online much in the evenings and weekends.  Please bear with me.  Guess I’m on the lookout for a cheap laptop replacement that runs linux.

This has been a #scheduledpost announcement.

Well they can try!

It’s yet another day and yes another day where I relentlessly receive email spam.  9 out of 10 times my outlook account is catching this spam, but do you really know what you’re looking at?  Today I received this email.  It looks valid, but if I didn’t know better I might even had clicked the link to validate my account.

untitled

No I’m not daft and I didn’t click the link, why?  Well I hovered over it and noticed that it was taking me here

** WARNING DO NOT VISIT THIS LINK ** [in fact i’ve changed some of the chars]

“http***zug*bar*com/chin/gallery/zug/thumbs/1*.html”

You can clearly see this isn’t an Apple email, it’s just someone trying a phishing scam.  If you receive an email like this, and it contains links for you to click, hover over it, see if it’s a link to the actual companies site.  If it’s not and your spam filter hasn’t picked up on it, then delete the sucker.

 

Fedora 24 – MariaDB

I’m wanting to do some development on my laptop so as MariaDB has replaced mySQL I’ve installed that.  It was simple enough all you need to do is run dnf install mariadb done.

However when I ran my usual mysql -uroot -p the password for root on my laptop didn’t work.  So what was the root password.

Well in my case it was the default and on Fedora 24 that’s a blank password.

[root@sheldon paulmellors]# mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 3
Server version: 10.1.16-MariaDB MariaDB Server

Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Type ‘help;’ or ‘\h’ for help. Type ‘\c’ to clear the current input statement.

ok so now i’m in, but I don’t want a blank root password what do I do.

Well you can just set the root password using a funky sql command, however there is a tool that comes with MariaDB that does it all for you.

mysql_secure_installation

[root@sheldon paulmellors]# mysql_secure_installation

NOTE: RUNNING ALL PARTS OF THIS SCRIPT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL MariaDB
SERVERS IN PRODUCTION USE! PLEASE READ EACH STEP CAREFULLY!

In order to log into MariaDB to secure it, we’ll need the current
password for the root user. If you’ve just installed MariaDB, and
you haven’t set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.

Enter current password for root (enter for none):
OK, successfully used password, moving on…

Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MariaDB
root user without the proper authorisation.

Set root password? [Y/n] y
New password:
Re-enter new password:
Password updated successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
… Success!
By default, a MariaDB installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MariaDB without having to have a user account created for
them. This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother. You should remove them before moving into a
production environment.

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]
… Success!

Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from ‘localhost’. This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.

Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]
… Success!

By default, MariaDB comes with a database named ‘test’ that anyone can
access. This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]
– Dropping test database…
… Success!
– Removing privileges on test database…
… Success!

Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]
… Success!

Cleaning up…

All done! If you’ve completed all of the above steps, your MariaDB
installation should now be secure.

Thanks for using MariaDB!

There you go, simple when you know how.