Unfortunately, the BCM43xx series of wireless cards is very popular in laptops today, but thankfully the popularity is decreasing. Fedora 10 is actually not difficult, but harder than Ubuntu, to use the BCM43xx cards.
Make sure you have root access. This cannot be performed without root access. This is for firmware version 4 and higher, my Acer Aspire 3690 used that firmware, so this is what I’m giving instructions for. yum install b43-fwcutter
I should have an external hard drive tomorrow so that I can install Fedora 10 then I’ll correct these instructions. For some reason my internal card doesn’t like these drivers (last I checked) but it likes the Windows drivers, so I may use ndiswrapper. Who knows?
A large majority of the post was forked from http://fedoramobile.org/fc-wireless/bcm43xx-yum-extras.
I had Fedora 9 on this Acer laptop. I was pissed off about various things like the restriction of gstreamer plugins I could install. Also, there wasn’t a way that I could find to get static DNS servers. So last night I installed Ubuntu 8.10 over Fedora 9.
I’ve had no problems so far. Installing wireless was one click. Same for flash.
You may have noticed that Ubuntu 8.10 includes a persistent LiveUSB creator on the LiveCD. This is very convenient, as the old method of doing it was complicated, and the LiveUSB creator doesn’t require partitioning either. However, 8.10 running of a USB drive is extremely slow.