I know the linux fans are going to attack me here, so I would like to preface by saying that I have used linux on a variety of systems, using a variety of distros, and I love the operating system in its various forms. One thing I have noticed time and time again is that wireless connectivity tends to just be... harder on linux then windows. Using basically the same machine, connecting to the same network, the windows machine seems to have the more stable connection and seems to be more receptive to a wirless single then the linux counterpart. I have noticed a difference when replacing windows for a linux distro on the same machine; windows seems to be a little better then linux, especially when attempting to pick up a weak signal or connect to a stressed network (open wifi on a college campus is one). I have had this experience using a several laptops and several wireless adapters. Now when the connection is strong I notice pretty much the same bandwidth speed and latency, the network behaves the same under linux as with windows or mac OSX (I have both). The linux system seems to be more sensitive overall, and I find it harder to connect to protected networks, I find it more likely to be dropped from a bad signal, and I have also experienced the occasional strange issue where the wireless simply refuses to work without a full system restart. Meanwhile other computers, running windows operating systems, seem to be working just fine. I am no so much looking for a solution to this problem as much as an explanation; am I noticing a fairly common problem here? Perhaps the wireless drivers for the products I am using have poorly coded drivers, or something about the exact networking software used in common linux distros has known issues or sensitivities, that kind of thing. Anybody have a similar experience or explanation?
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3/28/11 at 11:25pm