I had to remove network-manager because it does not seem to work with an rt2500 card at this time, or at least not for the wife.
Even with auto wlan0 in the config file /etc/network/interfaces I can not get Ubuntu to start the network automatically upon reboot. Whats up with that? I have been configuring networks that way for a decade; what bug could be stopping me?
Thanks for any comments on the situation.