So I'm new at this but I have RTL8192E (which from what I read on google is just as ... well ... fun if you will, as 8188ce) and I didn't have too much trouble with it in Dreamlinux (debian based, but it's pretty old ) I think it installed crap drivers however, and in the end I ended up searching for the driver myself which I got and then it mostly worked but was choppy... I guess that the word I would use.
It didn't support my SD slot either (MMC:0 unknown controller error - pretty common error it turns out) and I had to blacklist that ... Just last night I got zorin OS, and it seems everything on my system is doing a bit better.
My video, wireless, sound, and even my SDslot is operational now. had all the drivers right at install. Maybe try a Ubuntu based system? I have no expertise in this area, and the only experience I have is listed here. I don't know how close our RTL81xxE problem is, but I do know there are alot of computers out there with realtek (mostly fujitsu and toshiba it seems) and if your looking for something with the driver built in, it does
exist ... And I hope you find it