Information keeps arriving via the comments to my previous posts (1, 2), but there’s still no one good candidate for a currently-available USB (or even PCI) wireless card that “just works” with Ubuntu – or any Linux distro, I suspect. Linux Emporium have been updating their wireless adaptor page recently, and the current text backs up my suspicions. I hope they won’t mind me reproducing it here:
It seems that all good things come to an end, and we’re sorry to say that it looks like Ralink have stopped production of the RT2500 chipset – just as it has become well-supported by most important distributions, Debian, Ubuntu and openSUSE at least.
We’ve managed to keep things going so far, by searching out cards from various sources, but this has become too unreliable. Frustratingly, we know that Belkin have some of the older cards in stock, but they are unable to distinguish them from the new models, which have the same part number but a different chipset.
We’ve sourced alternatives, and as promised they’re now available. They have a new chipset, again Ralink, and the drivers have been been released by Ralink. Good for them! However, we’re in the situation we were with the RT2500 18 months ago, where the new chipset is not adequately supported in any GNU/Linux distribution. So we’ve done a lot of work and will be supplying a setup CD with each card. This will allow you to get wireless up and running until such time as the distributions support this chipset fully.
I’d love to hear about peoples’ experiences with that Linux Emporium script. It doesn’t sound like an easy thing to do.