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Many of the cheaper cards are based on the Realtek RTL8139 chipset, and these will work perfectly with just about any distro you care to name. I use "Mercury" branded NICs in three machines here, and they've never given a moment's trouble despite being the cheapest I could find.
Originally posted by Harlin If you want cheap then RealTek is the way to go. Avoid Tulip (cheap but very crappy).
And to clarify, usually Linksys cards use the tulip module. And from my experience, these cards actually worked great if Linksys stopped creating new upgrades with different chipsets with each version of the NIC's but keeping the same model number with them... I have about 4 of these cards that work great in Linux using older versions of the kernel but they aren't worth two cents with later versions of the kernel or the tulip driver..
I have about 4 of these cards that work great in Linux using older versions of the kernel but they aren't worth two cents with later versions of the kernel or the tulip driver..
And there you are... I remember around Mandrake 8.1 and before I thought I had discovered something with the very inexpensive (now just plain cheap ) linksys nics that you could find at Wal-Mart for under 20USD. I know I recommended these to many friends and they followed suit. After a while I noticed that they didn't work -- I thought maybe support was dropped for these things. Now it's good to know why that was. Thanks.