Please note: This project is no longer active. The website is kept online for historic purposes only.
If you´re looking for a Linux driver for your Atheros WLAN device, you should continue here .

Live CDs That Support MadWifi

Often, users cannot quickly discern if they have a bad card, BIOS, or associated hardware faults, as opposed to software or setup problems. This page lists Live bootable CDs known to work with MadWifi. You may be able to boot one of these to make a quick test of your hardware. NB: newer hardware may not be detected.

Again, please be aware that some of the Live CDs reported as working might only support older cards, and that not all chipsets are supported.

Please also note: there are No MIMO & No USB devices supported by MadWifi. None are likely to be supported any time soon.

Wifiway 1.0 Beta2

December 30, 2007

Kernel: 2.6.21.5
HAL: unknown
SVN: unknown
URL:http://www.wifiway.org
Support:http://foro.seguridadwireless.net
Language support:Spanish & English
CD/DVDCD: 694 MB
Tested:Laptopt HP dv8000 / Realtek 8187L
Notes:Sucessfull with IPW3945-ABG and IPW4695-BGN

Voyage

January 13, 2007 'current iso'

Kernel: 2.6.17
HAL: 0.9.18.0
SVN: 1842 Dec 7, 2006
URL:http://linux.voyage.hk/?q=mirror...
CD/DVDCD: 32 MB|
Tested:Thinkpad T42 w/ AR5006X Mini-PCI
Notes:Debian based.

Back Track

October 13, 2006

kernel: 2.6.18.rc5
HAL: 0.9.18.0
SVN: not listed
URL:http://www.remote-exploit.org/index.php/BackTrack_Downloads..
CD/DVDCD:590 MB
Tested:Thinkpad T42 w/ AR5006X Mini-PCI
Notes:Slax based.A Merge of Whax & Auditor.

Kanotix

2006-01 RC4 Release

Kernel: 2.6.18
HAL: 0.9.18.0
SVN: 1722
URL:http://debian.tu-bs.de/project/kanotix/preview/KANOTIX-2006-01-RC4.iso...
CD/DVDCD: 702.3 MB
Tested:Thinkpad T42 w/ AR5006X Mini-PCI
Notes:Debian based.

PCOS

P0.9.3.a-bigdaddy

kernel: 2.6.18.rc5
HAL: 0.9.14.9
SVN: not listed, build date "July 31, 2006"
URL:http://www.pclinuxos.com/page.php?7...
CD/DVDCD: 685 MB
Tested OK:Thinkpad T41 w/CM9 AR5212 Mini-PCI
Failed:Thinkpad T42 w/ AR5006X Mini-PCI
Notes:RH/Mandriva based. An rpm based system. Basic wireless info: http://www.pclinuxonline.com/wiki/WireLess

Mepis

6.0 release

Kernel: 2.6.15-26
HAL: 0.9.16.16
SVN: July 10, 2006
URL:http://www.mepis.org/node/1462..
CD/DVDCD: 690 MB
Tested OK:Thinkpad T42 w/ AR5006X Mini-PCI
Notes:Debian based.

Dream Linux

2.2 release

Kernel: 2.6.18.1-kanotix
HAL: 0.9.17.2
SVN: September 13, 2006 (r1710)
URL:http://www.dreamlinux.com.br..
CD/DVDCD: 701 MB
Tested OK:Athlon XP2000 desktop with Netgear wgt311T
Notes:Debian based. Very slick graphical tools.

GRML Linux

grml 1.0, grml64 0.1, grml-small 0.4 release

Kernel: 2.6.20-grml(64)
HAL: ?
SVN: ?
URL:http://www.grml.org/
CD/DVD grml: 696.2M, grml64: 672.0M, grml-small: 60.1M
Tested OK: Pentium 4 M laptop with Surecom Ep-9428-gp
Notes: Works out of the box. Debian based. Linux Live-CD for sysadmins / texttool-users / geeks

Other sources: ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/, http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/debian.htm, http://www.linux.org/dist/list.html

If you want to add entries, feel free, but please follow the general format of the other entries. Further, madwifi support will likely only be familiar with a couple of these distros, so we may re-order the list to promote the ones best understood.