For a long time now I have wanted to try actively working on Linux but due to issues with my networking equipment – namely my laptop’s inbuilt RTL8187b wireless card and my alternative USB Modem I haven’t felt able to, due to the amount of work that I actually do online.

These devices are supported and work without any problem what so ever on windows but for one reason or another support in Linux has been lacking.

During the course of the last year I have hunted all over the web for solutions and have found various hacks and patches, which I tried, in vien (unfortunately) to get going.

But at last, ubuntu released version 8.10 (aka Intrepid Ibex) with full support for both items of hardware. I’ve installed it, it all works fine and I am making the post while connected to my 3 Mobile Broadband on the train home from work – fantastic 🙂

I have to say that personally, ubuntu is not my favourite Linux distribution, but to date it has impressed me no end with what it can do with very little setup. In some cases it’s even easier to use than Windows!

So what’s the take home message here? Well it has to be if you want to use linux and need your wireless internet or mobile broadband to just work, then install ubuntu 8.10. Other distributions may follow suit now this out, but ubuntu seems to be leading the way!

by Tom
May 14, 2009