[ubuntu-uk] Wifi PCMCIA card - suggestions, please.

Ian Pascoe softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com
Sat Oct 20 15:53:47 BST 2007

Err, I know this sounds daft, but what happens if you contact the
manufactuers directly and say "I'm running Linux kernal 2.whatever, which of
your cards will work?"

Perhaps, if they actually want to make the sale, they do have a
compatability list .... or am I being a bit naive?


-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com]On Behalf Of Stephen Drake
Sent: 20 October 2007 15:03
To: British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Wifi PCMCIA card - suggestions, please.

On Sat, 2007-10-20 at 13:04 +0100, Mac wrote:
> Stephen Drake wrote:
> <snip>
> > Also consider Atheros based cards, usually with 108 Mbps, Xtreme G or
> > Super G on the box. Most cards will work fine. Only the very latest
> > cards have issues with the binary firmware.
> Steve >>> I did wonder whether to lash out on an Atheros-based card, but
>   I wasn't sure whether the drivers were already available in Gutsy or
> had to be manually installed.  Sounds like your saying 'already in Gutsy
> - it just works'?

Yes, Madwifi's been in Ubuntu since at least 5.10, maybe earlier.
Because of the binary hal it's not been integrated into the kernel, so
Ubuntu has had it included in the restricted modules package. Hopefully
the new ar5k driver will change this and we can get full open source
support, though I don't expect it to be in Linus's kernel for a while

> Perhaps I'll have this as a fall back should Al's suggestion turn out
> not to work - heaven forfend!  ;-)
> Tx
> Mac

On a related note, if you or anyone with a working Ralink card could add
to the Ad hoc wiki page, I would greatly appreciate it.



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