I'm so tired of Windows. Unfortunately at work, I'm not able to run Linux on my desktop. I'm thinking seriously about asking for an Apple computer next time, but I'm really torn. I'm NOT a fan of Apple. They annoy me on a visceral level. I can't decide if putting up with Apple is a better path than putting up with Microsoft. Neither is a good option in my mind. Maybe I'm just short tempered today because it's Monday?


@mike Have you thought about booting Linux from a persistent USB drive?

@DistroJunkie Yea, and I've tried it, but they do something with their wireless here that I haven't been able to figure out. I just can't get it to connect to the corporate wireless. I can get it on the Guess wireless, but that doesn't give me access to the internal network. I haven't spent a TON of time on it because I have work to do, but unsuccessful so far.

@mike @DistroJunkie do you know what EAP method they are using? If it is PEAP or TTLS you would need to have the CA public key to connect as you'd need to trust it.

If they are doing EAP-TLS depending on how they are storing the machine keys you might be able to export them and import them on Linux. Now if they are using the TPM and you can see/access it from Linux could be easier, but if not your SoL on that option.

@darrel According to the Windows box I have (that's been annoying me endlessly), it's PEAP and it's authenticating with EAP-MSCHAP v2. It's my guess that this is the part that's hosing me up.


@mike @DistroJunkie That is easy then. All you need to do is extract the associated CA bundle for the connection from the keystore and either import it on the system store in Linux or specify the CA file in NetworkManager. As long as there is no NAC that is all the more you'd need to do.

@darrel I'm glad it's easy, because I have no idea how to do that. Is there a FAQ or HowTo you can recommend?


@mike @DistroJunkie I'll see if I can find one, I haven't touched a Windows box in a number of years. It might also be possible to tell NetworkManager to accept any presented CA, but that presents some risk.

@dpreacher Yep, but even trying to emulate the settings on my laptop doesn't work.


@dpreacher No, unfortunately I haven't had the time to have my work computer shutdown and offline today so I can work on it. Based on the number of people casually dropping by, I doubt I'm going to today.


@mike @dpreacher Don't you hate it when work gets in the way of things you want to accomplish?

@mike @DistroJunkie I'm not much into hating. makes me sick. I try to avoid such situations. 😛

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