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You cannot always tell which card to buy

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on August 17, 2007 12:58 PM
How do you know if the wireless card you're about to purchase is based on a chipset your distro can handle? I've run into situations where two cards from the same manufacturer, outwardly identical, use chips from different vendors. While it is nice to advise others to stand firm and take one for the good of humanity -- particularly when the wireless card in your own machine just happens to work -- getting a machine to work in the first place is the only goal the rest of us have,

Yes, it is preferred to only use native drivers, but in the absence of such drivers, people are going to do anything it takes to make their computers work. Otherwise, there'd be no pressure on FOSS developers to create that native solution. The squeaky wheel, and all that.


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