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FreeBSD has been such a pleasure to use. I have never found it so easy before to setup wireless.
Windows or Linux have both required me to install drivers for my card, it just eases the pain when its out-of-the-box compatible, like my Atheros card. I know that Linux now has it natively but it's in alpha form at best... from what I can tell it doesn't work with many cards yet... and unfortunately mine doesnt work.
I'm glad to see FreeBSD is moving along nicely.
"Windows or Linux have both required me to install drivers for my card, it just eases the pain when its out-of-the-box compatible, like my Atheros card."
Personally, I have the opinion thatt the OS should support the hardware (not the other way round: the hardware's manufacturer providing drivers for choosen OSes), but this will only work where the hardware is compliant to a certain standard or where the hardware's manufacturer provides the specifications neccessary for the OS developers to create drivers by their own. You may think I'm a bit extreme, but I tend to say: Hardware that is not supported by standard means is not worth to be used (atleast by myself), so I got very picky about what I'm going to buy. With this philosophy in mind, I never had a problem with a hardware component not working as expected.