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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[4]: Angry Rant Reviews present
by Morgan on Fri 18th Mar 2011 18:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Angry Rant Reviews present"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

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:
2011-03-18

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 (http://www.ralinktech.com), 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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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

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.


As a fellow owner of a Ralink card I understand completely. It's a total mystery to me Why Linux has such shitty support for Ralink. There are constant calls for companies to publish full hardware specs and sample drivers and then the manufacturers that do are not supported? WTf?
BSD has had great support for Ralink for years (in fact, that's why I got it. Cheap and supported!) and for some reason Linux still doesn't.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That's interesting, I've noticed infrequent disconnects with the 2870 but the 2500 has been rock-solid in Ubuntu and Slackware using the kernel drivers. In fact, I've noticed that in Windows 7 on the same machine, I have less signal with the 2500 than in Linux, as well as occasional disconnects, while the 2870 is stable and has good signal strength under 7.

I find it quite odd that each chip performs the opposite in Windows as in Linux. Anyway, between the two (the 2500 is built into the computer, the 2870 is USB) I have a good working connection in most operating systems.

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