Dec 262008

Users of Realtek RTL 8187b Wireless cards have something to cheer with the coming of openSUSE 11.1. With openSUSE 11.1, the default Linux Kernel 2.6.27 integrated rtl8187 native drivers works well for the Realtek rtl8187b wireless cards.

Previous versions of the Linux kernel used in the earlier versions of openSUSE did not support the 8187b wireless card and hence have to be used with ndiswrapper and Windows version of the driver.

If you are using a Realtek rtl8187b wireless device then it is good to upgrade your openSUSE to openSUSE 11.1. Alternatively, you can upgrade yourLinux Kernel to the2.6.27 or later to have native driver support and remove all ndiswrapper configurartions for better performance.

To check you Linux Kernel Version

opensuse11:~ # uname -a
Linux opensuse11 #1 SMP 2008-12-04 18:10:04 +0100 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux