Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Mar 2006 21:26 UTC, submitted by Maarten Vanheuverswyn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The 5th preview release of Ubuntu Dapper Drake is out on the mirrors. As usual, there are both install and live CD's for PowerPC, x86, and x86-64. "We are now in the final stages of Dapper Drake development. Everything is stabilizing, and Ubuntu 6.04 will certainly be a top-notch professional OS. Now that all of the lower level improvements have been made, it is time to close the hood and rub on a coat of wax. With Flight 5 comes a new and improved Human look-and-feel, a few new GUI power tools, and much more." Update: Screenshot tour.
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Does it have WPA support?
by sdemom on Sat 11th Mar 2006 22:31 UTC
sdemom
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2006-01-15

I have a PCI WiFi card based on the Ralink 2500 chipset, it's supposed to be fully supported in Linux. Ralink even makes GPL drivers for it, and it works well on Windows XP, but most distros don't even include the driver by default. Ubuntu does but it lacks WPA support, and it seems that the WPA Supplicant app doesn't support WPA with this chipset.

So far the only free OS that supports this chipset AND WPA is FreeBSD 6.0.

Isn't it shameful that with Windows, 5 minutes after taking the router from the box, I was able to set up a wireless connection with WPA2 personal. That 5 minutes after taking my 15" Powerbook from its box, I was able to join the wireless network. But with Linux, the best I can get is WEP? And that only if the distro actually includes the driver (Fedora and Gentoo for example, don't).

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RE: Does it have WPA support?
by h_t_r on Sat 11th Mar 2006 22:43 in reply to "Does it have WPA support?"
h_t_r Member since:
2006-02-02

Linux support WPA and _this_ chipset very well.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WifiDocs/RalinkRT2500

In the future, ubuntu will have NetworkManager with WPA support (you can try apt-get install NetworkManager).. for now we must do some tricks to have it.

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RE[2]: Does it have WPA support?
by sdemom on Sat 11th Mar 2006 23:20 in reply to "RE: Does it have WPA support?"
sdemom Member since:
2006-01-15

Thanks. I'm downloading Dapper Flight 5 now so I'm going to try this.

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RE: Does it have WPA support?
by ryan on Sat 11th Mar 2006 22:46 in reply to "Does it have WPA support?"
ryan Member since:
2005-07-06

This is always the case with Linux -- if there is poor hardware support by the manufacturers there is little developers can do to support those cards. Most of the a/g cards that do work manage this despite what seems like hostility on the part of the manufacturers. You're right -- it's sad, and it will continue to be sad so long as you buy hardware with a poor level of support. It sucks that you have to do some investigation to make sure what you're buying is well supported on Linux before you buy it, but that's the reality of the situation until the attitude of the hardware manufacturers change (if they ever do).

Regarding WPA specifically,as you mentioned wpa supplicant is available but the NetworkManager version that supports WPA did not make it into Ubuntu last I heard.

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RE[2]: Does it have WPA support?
by Tom K on Sat 11th Mar 2006 23:50 in reply to "RE: Does it have WPA support?"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

It seems that the chipset IS very well supported by the manufacturer, and it's just a case of poor WiFi management tools on Linux.

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