View Full Version : [all variants] If adapter works `out of the box`, will it in new releases?

January 21st, 2011, 09:30 AM
Some adapters are claimed to work out of the box on this wiki page: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessCardsSupported

Some of the claims are a few years old, and many versions of Ubuntu ago. Will these cards continue to work out of the box, or do new releases break this plug and play-ness?

January 21st, 2011, 02:40 PM
I do not know the policy of the Linux developers. At some point in time an item of hardware might become so obsolete that the code for it might be removed from the kernel because it is no longer necessary. As I understand things, it is usually the latest hardware that will not work because the developers have not had time produce code for it.

Linux is a modular operating system. At installation the hardware is detected and the appropriate modules installed. This keeps the OS slim. When does it become necessary to remove hardware drivers from the code base?

So, I don't suppose there is anything to worry about in this case.