New USB wireless adapters

January 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm (Linux, Ubuntu, Uncategorized) (, )

I just bought two new wireless network adapters from NCIX. Beforehand, I did a little search to see if they worked at all on Linux, and the information was quite confusing. I splurged, and passed my order anyway. Now that I received them, and for the benefit of the intartube at large, here’s my report.

Trendnet TEW-424UB USB: work perfectly on Ubuntu 10.04, no fussing around.

TP-Link TL-WN722NC high-gain USB b/g/n: Does not work on Ubuntu 10.04 (not recognized). Works out-of-the-box) in Ubuntu 10.10. It has an Atheros chipset. From my investigation, it seems it started being supported in kernel 2.6.35. Amusingly, iwconfig reports it connect at 1 Mbps, but testing with speed test tells me I saturate my DSL link. Go figure, must be a bug!

Because I bought these on NCIX, I wanted to comment on the product description that they do work on Ubuntu, but the NCIX web site would not, saying that my review was too short. Silly. Their loss.

Update: seems like the TL-WN722NC needs the ath9k_htc module. In lucid, you can get it by installing the linux-backports-modules-wireless-compat-2.6.36-lucid-generic package. Pffft!

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I want to send money to Microsoft. I really do!

October 30, 2009 at 7:05 pm (Consumer affairs, English, Linux, Ubuntu)

That does not happen very often, but I want to buy something from Microsoft. In fact, I really, honestly, do. Namely, a Technet subscription that I need to test some Windows/Ubuntu interoperability stuff I am working on these days.

Unfortunately, it seems Microsoft really isn’t interested in my money at all. I guess they have enough already. Otherwise, why would they purposefully break their online order form for non-IE user?

Technet order form is borked

You know what they say: do not attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence. But I mean, really, it has been years since I had to deal with stupid rendering issue on non-IE browsers. Only at Microsoft, I guess :(

Let’s see how well IEs4Linux works …

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Interview à propos de Canonical sur CKIA

October 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm (Francais, Linux, Logiciel Libre, Ubuntu) (, , , , , , , , )

J’ai été invité à participer à l’émission de radio La voix du libre sur CKIA 88,3 à Québec, animé par mes amis, le très radio-canadien Yannick Pavard et le très vert François Bédard. L’émission porte sur Ubuntu, en l’honneur du lancement de la version 9.10 qui a lieu aujourd’hui. Mon interview porte plus spécifiquement sur Canonical, l’entreprise derrière Ubuntu, qui se trouve à être mon employeur.

Je doit saluer, en particulier, la qualité des choix musicaux de l’émission. Si j’ai bien compris, il s’agit de musique libre (CC et cie) trouvé sur Jamendo. En particulier, je suis fou de la pièce Scarecrow Blues de Blind John O’Gunn, un blues suave et authentique.

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