Linked by Dedoimedo on Thu 17th Mar 2011 23:17 UTC
Debian and its clones Writing about Debian is not a simple thing. You know it's the giant that has spawned pretty much every other distro out there. It's almost like a Roman Empire, almost a taboo. Furthermore, it's not a desktop distro per se. It's more sort of a template you use to build your platform. It's also a SOHO server distro, therefore it more fits into the business category, comparable to CentOS and similar.
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You may be interested to know that current versions of the Linux kernel have built in support for virtually all wired network chipsets out there, as well as many of the most popular wireless cards today. Specifically the Atheros cards used in many laptops today, some of the RaLink cards in laptops and available in USB dongles, and some Intel chipsets. This is why I was so perplexed that Debian didn't recognize and autoconfigure a wireless card that Ubuntu picks up right away, and Slackware only requires me to issue two terminal commands to use.

Linux contains support for many chipsets, but don't plan on using any usb dongle if you don't know positively it's supported(ID included in kernel driver).

I had to make a kernel module on a LiveCD using GPL source(that doesn't even build as is) from some seedy site(the chipset vendor's) just to be able to install Linux Mint. An that is the open'est mainstream vendor. Another "GPL" dongle I happened to have around would just panic the kernel.

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