Ubuntu Intrepid Regression: Beware of Wireless and WPA

A lot of people, myself included as of the upgrade I did last night, seem to be having trouble using certain wireless chipsets with WPA:

https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/intrepid/+source/wpasupplicant/+bug/272185

There are a lot of people following this one, and you have to think that for every person who looked it up, googled it, and dug around to find that page, registered with the site, and so on, there are several more who simply gave up and went back to Windows or something.

I thought a couple of weeks was probably a good amount of time for the bugs to be shaken out of Intrepid, but I thought wrong.

Here is a set of search terms that can be used to look through “regression-potential” bugs, which if I’m not mistaken, ought to mean those things that worked in previous versions of Ubuntu but now no longer work. In my case, there’s an extra little bit of annoyance because I am running on a Dell laptop that I bought with Ubuntu preinstalled, and you’d think the Ubuntu guys would have a few sitting around to do some testing with prior to release.

I spent some time digging around in the code for the network manager, wpasupplicant, and a brief look at the kernel code, but there was nothing that made much sense, so I guess I’ll just have to wait for the fix like everyone else… wish I could help, somehow, though.

And we’re back in action!

I’m impressed. I reported the problem with my laptop (purchased in the US) to Dell Germany yesterday morning at about 10AM. Today (Tuesday), a technician with a new drive stopped by my house at about noon. Now I’m busy restoring from backups, after installing Ubuntu Gutsy.

While it’s certainly been a big disruption, I’m impressed with Dell’s customer service.

Feisty to Gutsy Upgrade

I have a computer with a RaLink RT2561/RT61 wireless card that never worked very well under Feisty, so I decided to try out Gutsy, on a whim.

The good:

The card now works! So that’s good news. Other than that, none of the features listed here is a big deal for me, but it’s nice to get a lot of programs updated to newer versions.

The bad:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-source-2.6.22/+bug/115616

Luckily it’s easy to fix.

The ugly:

Upgrading emacs was a pain, as a lot of packages seem to cause breakage with emacs22. That’s not really the fault of the Ubuntu guys, but it would be wonderful if they’d fix it prior to release.

I haven’t used the computer much yet, but consider the release isn’t official yet, it’s not bad, but I think it still needs a little bit of work. Anyway, I’m happy that my card works, I’m happy.