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I'm shopping for a USB-C ethernet adapter compatible with all OS. Is there a way to verify it will work for lubuntu or ubuntu prior to purchase?

Techkey's description says "Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP and above(32/64-bit), Mac OS X10.6 and above", but does not mention the linux kernel. (A different search result explicitly stated manual installation would be required for linux 4.8 and prior, alerting me to potential incompatibility.)

Flujo's description says "OTG device, Used with no external drivers or power required."

So is Flujo's more likely to work than Techkey's? What do you look for?

  • "OTG" means that it's supported on on-the-go devices like android, etc. Supported Operating Systems usually don't refer to Linux. ("Manual Installation" means the drivers). If you are using Ubuntu 18.04 or newer that's on 4.15 kernel or later. (Which means you don't need manual installation there). Chances are if you're on a recent release (18.04 or newer) it should work with the system out of the box. Usually that's because chipset drivers weren't shipped with the kernel prior to 4.9+ (which happens sometimes). – Thomas Ward Mar 19 at 14:57
  • Does '4.15' mean 'April 2015' and '4.8' 'April 2008' release dates? (Your comment suggests that 4.15 is newer than 4.8.) – Internet User Mar 19 at 15:00
  • No, that's the Linux Kernel numbering scheme. Relevant: askubuntu.com/questions/843197/… And 4.15 is newer than 4.8. (The Kernel numbers don't correspond to release dates, only the Ubuntu release numbering scheme corresponds to Month/Date) – Thomas Ward Mar 19 at 15:01
  • What does it mean for an ethernet adapter to be an on-the-go device? Wikipedia says the term refers to something that can either process data (e.g. smartphone reading photos from a memory card) or be a host for data (e.g. have data pulled from it when connected to PC). Why would you call a signal-converter (isn't that what this adapter is?) an OTG device? – Internet User Mar 19 at 15:15
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    I would google make and model with linux drivers. If found good chance it will work. – crip659 Mar 19 at 15:17

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