Monday, January 13, 2020

So today was supposed to go quickly with dispatch, bringing planned code up to speed and to get content into the Blog, and to do some real development. As I drank my morning coffee however, because I am going to be doing some “real coding,” I thought to myself, “Hey, I have a perfectly good upgraded ISO of Mint Linux Sonya 18.2, why don’t I install that this morning so I have a clean development environment tailored directly to my programming whims.” In fact, the ISO installation went smoother than expected on the GRUB Boot Manager partition space inhabited by the former Mint Linux OS. I even managed to download the Dell Latitude E6420 Linux drivers and had them ready. But then I hit the (for me) completely typical Linux snag: despite having the drivers on the new Linux desktop, because the Device Driver Manager could not immediately connect to the Wi-Fi, nor see the DVD drive once Linux was installed, I now had no easy way to install the necessary drivers to get my Linux Wi-Fi ready. No problem I thought, Linux is ancient, surely the command line to install a driver will be easy to find online. In fact, almost every single Driver Tutorial ASSUMES you can simply download it from a repository or that your Device Driver Manager will be able to see the DVD. I remember installing from Red Hat 2.0 at Trinity University in 1998 under the watchful eye of a really smart professor Doctor who would simply chuckle at these impasses, walk back to his desktop, get on a chat board and ask the Linux/UNIX/POSIX masses how to fix it– we must have reinstalled 80 times in different configurations, until I gave up after two days and went to the University’s Sun Solaris system simply to do the programming homework required. This has always been my experience with Linux, and I had a perfectly good working partition of Minty 16, no real reason to upgrade. This is all my fault. So what follows is the error elimination steps as I began to get hostile to everything inside my office (including my tiny 8 year old house cat). Only a few websites have anything like I need to simply install the Dell Linux Broadcom Card Wi-Fi driver, and the typical install-essentials for Linux prerequisites that again assume preexisting WiFi web access.