After veering back and forth between Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Mandriva for six months I've tried the new Kubuntu in the last couple of days (mighty handsome and swish for a freebie!). I had tried version 8.10 which worked immediately with my K3520 stick, but the new version with the basic live CD's contents isn't working. I've seen a couple of threads in various forums on this mostly referring to release candidate versions. Since the release of Kubuntu 9.04 for real, have updates dealt with the problem, or have workarounds been made simple and foolproof at all? I haven't installed yet and won't if there'll be a palaver.
As much as I take my hat off to programmers of linux drivers here, I prefer to stick with the built-in software if possible.
I plug my stick in and so far it seems to recognise I have, but then won't connect and also causes a couple of minutes' freezing.
At a push I can go somewhere else to install extras but I only have mobile broadband myself and don't want to learn how to compile or faff with tar.gz files (unless they merely uncompress to self-installing .debs).