I doubt that above problems are specific to the rt73usb driver. But who knows.
Linux sucks, really.
Linux sucks, really.
That seems a rather broad and unsupported conclusion. With Linux at least the source of the driver is available and many people are willing to work to fix problems. Sorry you are having problems, but a more constructive response would be to file a bug report.
Don't think you have revealed details of the system, nor the issue that has kept you from using the latest kernel, which usually fixes the most issues. Is it the DELL D630 with Intel 3945 you posted about elsewhere (and contributed to a bug report on)?
That was a generalization, of course.
More specifically though, it sucks big deal on the desktop.
Since Redhat 7.3, across many Fedora releases up until Centos 5.3 it has cost me hundreds of hours to fix things like DMA harddisk access, USB mass storage, gfx acceleration, fonts, sound, video playback, and WIFI.
It is discouraging to see that even on the presumably most mature Linux distro simple things like USB mass storage still don't work reliably with anything but the most trivial setup (try plugging in/out more than one USB storage device with the KDE version that ships with Centos 5.3, maybe use harddisks with several partitions, to make it worse)
Quite honestly, I have come to believe that Linux is an experimental operating system for geeks who find more fun in fixing problems rather than using the computer to do something useful (again I'm reflecting my subjective impression using it on the desktop for about 6 years).
I'm now having fun with an EDIMAX EW-7318USG USB WIFI (Ralink/rt73usb) on a desktop machine. When I first reported kernel crashes in the rt73 developers forum, they suggested it may be the mac80211 framework. The Centos bug report you refer to describes similar problems on Intel hardware, so it could be they're right, and it's not the driver.
The most recent Centos kernel panics *every time* I stop wpa_supplicant, plug out the WIFI, or simply reboot.
Based on comments elsewhere I reverted back to -128.1.1 which allows me to reboot cleanly, but it still shows these occasional kernel crashes.
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