I have now re-purposed a 17 inch Alienware (manufactured in 2016) to run Linux distros. I have installed ‘Pure Prometheus’ on it. Yes I am aware there is a later version of Pure, however it insists it will do something to the BIOS, (perhaps it is just the Intel processors Spectre, Meltdown changes.) Since an Alienware laptop has some weird stuff in its BIOS/EFI system to run, amongst others things, a bunch of lighting, I was afraid it might clash and brick the laptop. I felt it was easier to at first just get an earlier version of Pure up and going, update it, and then play a bit to decide if it might be worth the risk of bricking the laptop by installing whatever it wants.
Then I found some new problems. When I try to install Pure Prometheus, it stops and asks me to feed it from USB;
I did get the first two sgomare mentioned in his post onto the USB key, install pretended it did not have what it wanted. I should say, I had some interesting experiences. One is about ‘sym links.’ Since I used personal computers in the 1990’s, I can appreciate the pure genius of space saving by extensive use of ‘sym links.’ Today I am perplexed by just doing simple copies and never doing a ‘sym link,’ I am not helped by terms like ‘soft sym link’ and 'hard sym link." “Sym Links” are a waste of my time. I have trouble looking things up at home where I do not have internet, and don’t have forever at places I do have internet.
I tried to install the two files you mentioned in ‘lib/firmware’ and of course found that I do not have permission. I pulled out what books I have and I see cmod, chown, mkdir with options. Whatever happened to a straight copy with root privileges?
In my limited browsing time, git hub seems to have more notes about upgrades than download links.
I wanted to use a Debian repository to just get the driver files that Pure said it wanted on install, perhaps earlier than the ones easily obtained now. Still the arrangement of getting into the Debian repository with Windows (McDs blocks one from getting into Linux download files, as a service to their customers. I use a VPN to get around that with Windows. VPN’s do not so easily install in some versions of Linux.) Anyway, I have discovered that the Debian repository is not easily searched through with Windows 10/with VPN.
Any suggestions to find the drivers (listed above) ‘Prometheus’ asks for? or how to do a copy to lib with 'root privilege’s to try the two I did find, and sgomare recommended.
And to make things more difficult, the Touchpad software does not allow me to turn of “Tap to Click.” Nearly all distros come equipped with “Tap to Click” - more likely to start some process or program I do not want. In fact, I am astounded that "Tap to Click’ always comes enabled, when I don’t appreciate what it adds to using my computer at all.
I have arrived at a place where it seems more useful to ask for advice when I could (and probably should) do a lot of research in how to proceed. Any advice?
I decide to try and install Debian to Alienware 17. Then I found the firmware drivers for Athk10 and so on. I might find an answer after all.