Been investigating Debian Etch as an "alternate" distro; also running
Mandriva Spring (2007.1). Environment specifics:

1) have a Belkin F5D7050 USB key: uses zd1211b interface and is Airoha
AL2230S RF-based. I utilize WPA (PSK) as well.
- also have Firewire 1394 (eth0) and a 10/100 MB Ethernet (eth1) connects
2. For Mandriva (kernel 2.6.17-13) I used the zd1211b Vendor-based driver
and built my own module. Works AOK ^L^ except for system shut down where
interface deactivate "hangs"...
3) For Debian (+2.6.18 ), as you know requires a different approach since
the ZD1211 support is now part of the kernel as a "zd1211rw" module. 
4. Have updated /etc/modules to assure that zd1211rw loads during boot

# This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded
# at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with "#" are ignored.


5. Even updated (rightly, wrongly?) /etc/modprobe.d: 

....other alias entries....
alias slip1 slip
alias tunl0 ipip
alias gre0 ip_gre

alias usbdevfs usbcore

# added 26-Jun-07, link eth2 to ZD1211rw (Belkin USB wireless)
alias eth2 zd1211rw

6. Made sure "wireless-tools" was installed; did expected iwconfig-
resulting in interface (eth2) not found...:,(
E. Additional research in /lib/modules/2.6.18-4, specifically:
- modules.alias and modules.usbmap reveals entry for this USB key not
F. Specific USB key info, via lsusb -v: 

Bus 005 Device 003: ID 050d:705c Belkin Components
Device Descriptor:
  bLength                18
  bDescriptorType         1
  bcdUSB               2.00
  bDeviceClass          255 Vendor Specific Class
  bDeviceSubClass       255 Vendor Specific Subclass
  bDeviceProtocol       255 Vendor Specific Protocol
  bMaxPacketSize0        64
  idVendor           0x050d Belkin Components
  idProduct          0x705c
  bcdDevice           48.10
  iManufacturer          16 Belkin
  iProduct               32 USB2.0 WLAN
  iSerial                 0
  bNumConfigurations      1

7. As recommended by the ZD wireless site
I'm utilizing that firmware (ver 1.3) loading from /lib/firmware/zd1211
8. Verifying zd1211rw loaded (via lsmod):

...other activity...
dm_snapshot            15552  0
dm_mirror              19152  0
dm_mod                 50232  2 dm_snapshot,dm_mirror
zd1211rw               38304  0
firmware_class          9600  1 zd1211rw
ieee80211softmac       26304  1 zd1211rw
ieee80211              29416  2 zd1211rw,ieee80211softmac
ieee80211_crypt         5952  1 ieee80211
sbp2                   20840  0
loop                   15048  0

Overall- at this time have the following issues/questions:

A. No wireless connectivity and NO wireless interface definition (eth2,
B. Curious if I should consider the recently announced "strange"
module-driver ( )
since this definitely includes updated and improved AL2230S functionality..?

Somewhat frustrated after the relatively "easy" aspects of Vendor-based
self-made module on Mandriva. Any/all comments, insights, suggestions are
welcome on how to proceed....
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