I think this is somehow ridiculus! Hardware working with the older installation defuncts after upgrade.
On my laptop (nothing exotic, Thinkpad R32 and Phillips PCMCIA Card with Atheros Chipset) I have still Xandros and recently Knoppix as I could not get VL (and to be honest, any other Distro) to work the card with WPA. According to my humble opinion WLAN support Out-of-the-box is really urgently to be improved as this is and will be more and more an issue.
Carsten (running VL Std 5.8 on his workstation)
It is because they are working on a replacement to MadWiFi. SOME of the drivers aren't working correctly, this is also linked to the newer kernels. More information can be found on the mad wifi web site.
Ever install MS Windows on a system?
I mean on a system that didn't come from some OEM, like Dell or HP, where the drivers and extra applications are already included. Yeah, good luck on that too
I think the VL developing team is doing an excellent job. Considering the short number of them, and the short amount of time they have to spend, and I won't even get close to the subject of cost.
I have installed the retail version of SOHO onto a brand new Laptop, and it is working very well.
Maybe that's the difference of the free version and the retail? I don't know, but I'm sure that the dev' team is all over making things easier for end users as far as hardware goes. Perhaps some appreciation instead of flaming might be a better direction?
VL 6 is now in the making, you might want to be there to test your hardware and report back bugs, so that the team can get things fixed before the final releases come up (at least you know your hardware will be better supported).