Thanks everyone for helping this clueless Mint fan.
I have no idea.
Will be ordering overseas (Amazon US).
Is the internal PCI adapter better than a WiFi adapter, or are they equally good? Due to the pandemic, however, stores over here are still moving slow and I imagine having the former all set up would take longer (I don't want to be setting it up myself).
I see Panda Wireless and BrosTrend as the only two brands guaranteed to work with Linux. What else should I look for?
I'm not in the US but will be ordering from there. Above brands are not available over here.
It also looks like I'll be upgrading to LM 20 soon because the apps I use are catching up. Is it normal for WiFi adapters to turn incompatible after kernel updates, etc.?
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System: Kernel: 5.4.0-48-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.5.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8 Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic Machine: Type: Desktop Mobo: MSI model: H81M-P33 (MS-7817) v: 1.0 serial: <filter> BIOS: American Megatrends v: 1.6 date: 07/01/2014 CPU: Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-4590 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Haswell rev: 3 L2 cache: 6144 KiB flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 26399 Speed: 1217 MHz min/max: 800/3700 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1718 2: 1707 3: 2036 4: 1913 Graphics: Device-1: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 4600 (HSW GT2) v: 4.5 Mesa 20.0.8 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.4.0-48-generic Network: Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel port: e000 bus ID: 02:00.0 IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Drives: Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 299.52 GiB (32.2%) ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD10EZEX-08WN4A0 size: 931.51 GiB Partition: ID-1: / size: 915.89 GiB used: 299.52 GiB (32.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 41.0 C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A Info: Processes: 211 Uptime: 48m Memory: 7.66 GiB used: 2.95 GiB (38.5%) Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.5.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 inxi: 3.0.32