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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RE[3]: Angry Rant Reviews present
by shmerl on Fri 18th Mar 2011 18:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Angry Rant Reviews present"
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> I have a USB wireless dongle based on an RaLink
> chipset with full support in the Linux kernel.
Which one is that? I tried several ones 'fully supported' ralniks, but they have lot's of issues with my router (just wouldn't connect at all).

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Morgan Member since:

I actually have two, the one that is the subject of this heated discussion is the RT2870. It seems to have no issues whatsoever with any router I've connected to with it. My other one is built in to my HP Slimline desktop; it's an RT2500. It is also (barring Debian) fully supported by Linux, and the only issue I've had with it is low signal compared to the other. That could be an issue with the external antenna though.

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riversj Member since:

I have 3 different Ralink based USB NIC's, with a 2500, a 2571, and a 2870 based chipset.
The drivers included in every kernel in every distro I have ever hopped to are pardon my language, total crap.
Anyone who has used one of these NIC's for more than an hour knows what I'm talking about (A quick google search can be enlightening). Low signal levels, and frequent disconnects requiring the module being unloaded and reloaded. Being the cheap ass I am buying a Atheros based NIC isn't in my agenda so my solution has been to obtain the driver source from Ralink themselves (, these drivers are rock solid and why they are not included in the kernel I don't know, maybe someone else can enlighten me.

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