[conspire] Reality Check: Questions on recommended Wireless PCI and PCMCIA Cards for Ubuntu 7.04

Adrien Lamothe alamozzz at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 5 12:21:20 PDT 2007

I've had really good results with Atheros based wireless cards. I've run Feisty on several laptops, with a slightly older SMC B/G pcmcia card, and it works great all the time. I found the card at Fry's for $24.95, about 3 years ago.

- Adrien

Christian Einfeldt <einfeldt at gmail.com> wrote: hi 

On 7/3/07, K Sandoval <indigo.kai at gmail.com> wrote:   I am getting ready to do fresh installations of Ubuntu 7.04

I have heard lots of complaints about Feisty.  I am currently using both Feisty and openSUSE 10.2, but I actually had to downgrade from Feisty to Edgy to use some video-related tools.  Ubuntu is great, but it actually moves so quickly that it moves ahead of some projects' ability to keep up.  It is entirely possible that the fault was on my part, but I don't think so, because I had a lot of help from a guy who is really pro-Ubuntu and is pretty good a writing BASH scripts.  He wrote a bunch of BASH scripts for the Digital Tipping Point film project, and we spent probably 8 hours trying to get his scripts and the underlying video-related packages working under Feisty, but were unable to do so.  If you want to see an example of his work, you can go here to see the overview: 


These are some of the shell scripts that he wrote:

I have also seen a lot of other people complaining about Feisty, so just beware.  We downgraded to Edgy and everything worked instantly.  I know that this doesn't exactly address the issues you were presenting, which is actually why I raise this point.  You might have investigated some aspects of Feisty, but you might not have considered other issues with Feisty. 

I am looking for suggestions and a stamp of approval.  If anyone has a recommendation or suggestions, please feel free to share your suggestions/recommendations/feedback. 

Right.  My basic recommendation:  Try to implement it on Edgy first.  Feisty is fresh out of the oven still, and maybe not really done baking.  Just my two cents.

Another suggestion would be to consider trying openSuSE  10.2 .  I have never had problems getting openSUSE to recognize hardware.  Of course, with openSUSE you don't get the benefit of the whole Debian pool, which is always a detractor for me, and YAST is not as good an apps installer IMHO as the Adept package manager, which is what I use under Edgy.  But it sometimes is nice to have alternatives.  

Christian Einfeldt,
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