Standard Driver or Manufacturer's?

Gilles Gravier ggravier at
Thu Feb 11 12:46:17 UTC 2010


On 11/02/2010 11:11, Amedee Van Gasse (ub) wrote:
> On Thu, February 11, 2010 10:05, Knapp wrote:
>> I have this TL-WN321G wireless USB dongle. Their website has a linux
>> driver. Should I use it? What would be the advantages? It works now
>> without their driver but might I get more speed or function or
>> reliability?
> If it works, don't break it.
> Read the documentation of the manufacturer's driver. If there is no
> documentation, don't use the driver. If the documentation is too
> complicated, don't use the driver.
> Also check if the driver is compatible with your kernel (uname -r)

Actually... if your "default" driver works... don't look elsewhere. If 
it has issues, look elsewhere, including the proprietary one.

In particular, NVIDIA graphics drivers are MUCH BETTER than the default 
"open source" ones (at this point in time). Don't really worry about 
"documentation"... When did you read the documentation on the open 
source driver that came with Ubuntu? :)

Again... like they say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Only look for 
the proprietary driver if what you are getting out of the open source 
one doesn't do it for you.


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