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Is there a freakin' linux wireless card/driver
BUNDLE somewhere where I don't have to pacth all
this stuff together or spend 2 weeks researching wireless cards and chipsets !!!!!!! GEEEEZZ!!!!!!
Almost makes me wanna go back to xp :-(
... or for "ease of use", should I go to linuxant ?
The trick is finding a card with artheros, prism, or ralink chipsets. There may be more supported chipsets too but these ones come to mind right now.
I have a Dlink DWL G520 rev.B and it has the artheros chipset. This one works outofbox in PCLOS, Mepis, Kanotix, Ubuntu, Sabayon, Elive(this is really nice), and Dream.
One laptop has the ralink chipset and Pclos worked outofbox.
Check the hardware database here for more info and reviews.
I have been successful using the new Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx distribution on my IBM Thinkpad A22m with a Trendnet TEW-421PC PCMCIA card. I loaded the Alternative distribution with the wireless card docked to make sure the system at least recognized its existence. After install I initially connected to the Internet using the built-in LAN port on the Thinkpad and installed the Windows Wireless Drivers application from the Ubuntu Software Center. I also downloaded the Utility TEW-421PC_423PI.zip file from the Trendnet website and used 7-zip to unzip the files into a directory in my Home folder. After running the Windows Wireless Drivers and locating the net8185.inf file in the WIN2KXP folder, the drivers loaded successfully. After rebooting, without the LAN connection, I was able to pickup my wireless router and login.
I am very happy with the work that the Ubuntu team has done on getting these 3rd party wireless components to work with their latest release. I now have a laptop completely assigned to Linux that has only 384MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive, but performs very well and with the 15" screen is very easy on the eyes (compared to a 10" netbook screen).
BTW, the Trendnet card was only $20.
Hope this helps and Good Luck!
Last edited by dffeitlstp; 05-03-2010 at 06:38 PM.