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Airlink 101 AWLL3028 $10 USB WiFi adapter works automatically with Ubuntu 8.04

Sep 21, 2009, 12:36 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Rosenberg)

"That leaves users either that closed-source binary driver (Linux is full of 'em; OpenBSD refuses to include them) or waiting for developers from the community to either write a driver from scratch or adapt one from another open-source project. Contrary to what you might think, developers across the BSDs share a whole lot of code, and the creation of a driver in, say, NetBSD, means that developers from the other projects will be keen to look at that code and adapt it for their flavor of OS.

"It also means that older network interfaces tend to be better supported than newer ones. My Orinoco WaveLAN Silver PCMCIA card for 802.11b is famous for working with EVERYTHING. I haven't found a computer that has a PCMCIA slot that it won't work with. I camped out on eBay for weeks trying to get one and was finally successful. It works with my 1996-era Powerbook 1400 running System 7, my 1999-era Mac G4 running Debian Etch (but you can't close the case; and YES, Apple designed a desktop computer that uses an internal PCMCIA card, with only Apple's original Airport card [muy expensivo on eBay and 802.11b only] fitting, or so it seems), my 1999-era Compaq Armada 7770dmt and all my laptops from the first decade of the 2000s: the Gateway Solo 1450 and the two Toshiba Satellite 1100-S101 models."

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