How to Install the ZD1211 USB WLAN Linux Driver

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How to Install the ZD1211 USB WLAN Linux Driver
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Installing drivers is necessary to make your computer run correctly, so finding drivers for wireless network adaptors such as the ZyDAS ZD1211 USB WLAN is essential to gain wireless capabilities. Linux is an open source operating system that allows development from its own community of programmers and enthusiasts. Unlike Windows, and to a certain extent, Mac OS X, Linux is generally unsupported by less common hardware. Therefore finding drivers for peripherals and components can often be much harder than it would be for Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.6. A "community driver" has been developed for the ZyDAS ZD1211 USB WLAN adaptor, meaning that it is unofficial but fully supported by the Linux community. Like other Linux applications and software you can install the driver from your Terminal emulator.

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  1. 1

    Navigate to the "Develop" page of the driver's Sourceforge page (see Resources). Make a note of the "Repositories" code, which is "svn co zd1211" as of September 2010.

  2. 2

    Open your Linux Terminal emulator; this process differs depending on the Linux distribution you are using (if in doubt, consult your documentation).

  3. 3

    Type "svn co zd1211" replacing the URL with the up-to-date repositories address if it has changed.

  4. 4

    Press "Enter" to begin downloading and installing your driver. The SVN command in Linux downloads and installs relevant installer repositories and automates the process for you.

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