GNU/Linux has come a long way when you talk about hardware support.Although configuring internal modems is still sucky & the bottom line is it wont work at all.
But the one thing thats keeping me away from using Linux & it pisses me off[when I say "linux' its Redhat/Fedora/RHEL what i'm talking about,since my work revolves around those distros] is my laptop wi-fi not being detected but any of those distros.Now thats a fudd !
The laptop is a Acer Travelmate 2312
which has a Atheros wi-fi chipset.Although it detects as "unknown network controller" I've tried enough to load/remove modules & similar stuff but it aint working.
Above that I also have a Linksys WPC54G 802.11g PCMCIA
which also aint working in either of those btw.
Upon researching it a bit,it seems wireless in linux scene is indeed poor.I came to know of Ndiswrapper
[Network Device Interface Specification] which makes use of windows driver i.e it emulates windows wi-fi driver.But the major concern is upon fiddling with it for days it aint stable & i'm more skeptical that it might break something else in the kernel.
Now the only distro out there which detected my onboard wi-fi as well as the external pcmcia was Ubuntu 5.10[Breezy Badger].Although it works 95% of the times,sometimes it doesnt show the wireless network interface at all.
Upon further investigation to make it work 100%,I found that it actually makes use ofMadwifi
I did a lsmod at the shell to find out which all modules were getting loaded.#lsmod
3 Modules for my onboard wi-fi get loaded,& sometimes there are two instances of the same module,thats when the 5% fudd happens.
Upon removing & loading the modules again,everything seems to be fine.#modprobe -r ath_pci#modprobe ath_pci
I need to get this sorted but if any of you have got wi-fi to work under redhat/fedora/RHEL then do let me know.