I found this OS because I was looking for something that would help my son’s creative interest in coding. Everything was fine until I got it installed and the wifi didn’t work.
This is normal, I had previous installed POP! OS and all I had to do was run a simple
Sudo apt update
Sudo apt upgrade
And just like that wifi…
I do have Broadcom wifi but the driver package online works for my laptop and every other distro I’ve ever used. But I guess unfortunately my family doesn’t fit into the clientele that Endless targets. I have tried and tried and tried to install this wifi drivers and because of the lock on dpkg I can’t do this, it’s unfortunate that these blockades are added to the OS without the ability to take control of them and make modifications required to use the operating system. I’ve seen posts by the dev team claiming that BCM chipsets don’t work, this isn’t true and there are drivers out there that other distros are able to use that allow this to work.
So now I get to make the choice of running a network cable to my son’s laptop from the third bedroom modem so he can use online features or switch to an OS that’s more welcoming. Which is unfortunate because he really likes this OS but if I have to buy a dongle that hangs off his laptop he’s 8 I already know a usb port or dongle is going to get broken.
The devs should add the Broadcom driver set that’s available see below.
update the sources list… cant do that.
run dkms… cant do that.
get into dpkg… cant do that.
install wifi drivers for a card the devs claim doesnt work by using widely available and used drivers from open source… cant do that.
since youll probably ask. i already did the eos pull
- Broadcom BCM4352 (PCI ID 14e4:43b1) rev 03
and guess what theyre supported in deb but this lockout wont let me install a driver to use the internet and then turn the lock back on. literally would take 1-2 minutes to fix this issue if i was allowed to run a couple commands. ridiculous…
UPDATE i found a post where i could use a command to sudo ostree admin unlock --hotfix but even with the overlay disabled i still cant install anything… theres no valid reason to block users from installing drivers that deb supports. if you dont want sudo or any ability to modify anything just remove the terminal or give admin access to make changes needed for systems.
Whats the point? I’m going to apply another day or trying to work around the limitations of this OS to get wifi drivers installed but after that I’m going to break the news to my child that unfortunately this won’t work and move on to a distro that’s more user friendly.