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"Windows-like Linux", you mean a distro that works? If so I am disappointed, because I can't afford WIN10. It would be great If I could continue to use XP on the internet., but Like MS, Firefox has or is ending support for XP. I haven't checked out Safari or other browsers yet but I'm sure they will follow suit. Soon my XP box will only be useful for MS/FSIM Diablo LOD, and other DOS based software I have.
"If you want Windows -- use Windows." seems to be the angry Linux users motto LOL. I have seen other people say the same thing in other forums. They always get angry if someone compares Linux to Windows. It's very amusing! I am using Windows on two other PC's. If you don't like that don't reply to my post JERK! If you have no constructive advice why did you reply? Are you a troll? The forum suggest beginners are welcome here. I didn't see anything saying Windows users were unwelcome. I like Windows, don't let that upset you! I also like MAC, Hell I like anything that WORKS.
$10 USB things like your TL-wn725n. The very cheapest consumer PCs and video cards. And such. They are rushed to production with whatever parts were handy. Revisions A, B, and C are liable to be totally different products with the same label. Sometimes they even share the same USB ID despite needing completely different drivers.
What you call "junk" works very well with MAC and MS.
Linux does not support products as much as it supports chipsets. So adding support for these sometimes just means finding out what chipset it uses, and adding its USB ID to the appropriate driver so its recognized. But there's often minor, undocumented differences in cheap products which which make them unreliable with the generic driver. These undocumented differences are covered by the manufacturer's Windows driver, any other system has to discover them by detective work and trial-and-error.
I have found the driver I want to try, r8088 something like that. I' can't remember, and I'm not looking at it at this moment. And I have spent 30+ hours trying to figure out how to install it because no one seems to know how to install a driver on a PC with no internet.
This sometimes causes a peculiar form of bit-rot where, 10 years after the fact, Linux becomes the only operating system which can still use a certain product. Our garbage Belkin wifi cards are one such product, between revisions D, E, and F Belkin lost their own driver somehow.
Last edited by kkeevv; 09-19-2017 at 02:55 AM..