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Re: PCMCIA wireless cards....\'just works\'?



On Sun, 19 Dec 2004, Ryan D'Baisse wrote:

On Sun, 19 Dec 2004 08:48:37 -0800 (PST), Joel Jaeggli
<joelja darkwing uoregon edu> wrote:

That strikes me as a little lazy. To my mind the comparativly minor2 inconvenience of rebuilding the mad-wifi source rpm when you install a new kernel rpm is worth it to unlock the potential of an atheros a/b/g card.


I wouldn't necessarily classify him as lazy. Many of us who are coming to Linux from other operating systems have an ingrained belief that if the OS can handle something by default that it must be better. And while I understand that it is common for people in the Linux world to recompile kernels and hack away at config files to get something working, I would opt for a solution where it "just works." Being able to plug a card in and have it recognized gives a sense, albeit potentially false, of all things being good and the likelihood of a problem being reduced.

The probablity of a modern wireless card having a built-in driver in windows xp/2k/98 is zero. so you're going to have to install a driver there as well which is apparently not something people look forward to with much trebidation...


We mostly dinguish between cards which have drivers in the kernel (prism, hermes, cisco) cards which have drivers (amtel, intel (b), atheros) and cards that require to load the windows ndis driver (broadcom, intel g, ti, realtek, marvell)

at this point the ones with decent drivers require little if any hacking, ndis in my opinion should be avoided if at all possible.

Just my $0.198376646.

R/S
Ryan



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