Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, SimplyMEPIS - 3 distros, 9 wireless stories

Just as as I was getting comfortable using Ubuntu on my desktop, enthusiastic readers have assailed me with stories about how I should give other Linux distros a try - particularly the KDE pair PCLinuxOS and SimplyMEPIS. I'm lucky to have four different computers at my immediate disposal so I tried the live CDs of the three distros on three of them to see how plug and play they were for wireless networking. The results were quite surprising.

For a start, I really should give you the very basic specs of the four boxes: