I bought this network card, ASUS PCE-N15, and on the box it says "Supports Linux".

My experience with ASUS stuff thus far was that they work alright but require proprietary drivers, so I was curious what this support entailed, exactly.

During installation of Debian, it said that my network card requires proprietary drivers, so that's a flop. But I figured "If it supports Linux, maybe the included CD has drivers on it for Debian to use." I mean, it only makes sense, right?

Very much not so. Inserting the CD did nothing, so I had to switch to a DVD image instead of a NetInst image. After installation, I checked the CD, and there is a Linux folder with a bunch of files and 7-page PDF on how to build the drivers. Thankfully there's a file included to do this for you... EXCEPT IT DOESN'T WORK.

Going to ASUS' website, you can download Linux drivers from there, and for some reason they are completely different files and even the readme is differrent. No quick script here, though, you've got to build it yourself.

"Supports Linux" my ass.

But then, after some time, Debian decided out of the blue, without any drivers, to just pick it up, and it's been working fine since...? Like, what?

@cirno maybe those drivers got included on the Linux kernel?

@cirno Network cards that work without propietary software are generaly the exception. Some of them actually have the propietary drivers embebed into an internal rom inside them.

@New001 Another reason why Ethernet is neat - never needed proprietary drivers for that.

But now that you mention it, yeah, network cards are annoying. My laptop requires proprietary drivers, both of my ASUS cards require them, I'm pretty sure my family member's laptop also needed them to work. It's a pain.

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