Pardon the lolspeak reference. Let’s cut to the chase: the Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition I requested from the Ubuntu web site about a month ago arrived in the mail today, earlier than I expected. The package included one live CD in a hip-looking paper jacket-ish thing, as well as some stickers which said “Ubuntu: Linux for human beings”. Pictures after the jump.
So, how’s Ubuntu?
It’s quite okay. Linux Ubuntu has a clean interface, and it’s quite intuitive as well. I had difficulty since I didn’t know where to go, but I’m sure that as I keep using it, I’ll get used to it.
So, here’s the thing. I’m typing this on Windows Vista. (I installed Ubuntu to dual-boot with Vista.) So why am I not using Ubuntu?
I cannot connect to the Internet using Ubuntu. It’s not a network error or anything—the LED light on my laptop’s WiFi button, which is lit steadily whenever I am connected to a wireless network (and blinks whenever there is a wireless network I can connect to), does not even blink when Ubuntu is active, no matter how many times I press it. My presumption is that this is a driver problem; the drivers made for Windows obviously won’t work with Linux, so I’m stuck Internet-less as long as I’m using Ubuntu. So, I have to stick with Windows Vista for now (the Internet’s a-ok here).
To help me resolve this problem, I contacted my manufacturer (who theoretically must have drivers for Linux, right?). JFF, here’s a copy of the email I sent them:
I own an Acer TravelMate 6291 notebook and recently installed Ubuntu Linux alongside Windows on my laptop. However, I was dismayed to find out that when I boot into Ubuntu, I cannot connect to the Internet (via Wireless LAN).
My presumption is that this is because the drivers needed for the WLAN are not installed on Ubuntu. May I ask if the drivers needed to run Ubuntu properly on my laptop are available for download for you? If so, will you be so kind as to provide me a URL from where I can download the drivers? If you don’t have any drivers available for download, can you tell me where I can download said drivers?
I would’ve installed the drivers in the resource CD that came with my laptop, but the contents of the CD are only for Windows XP and Vista systems and therefore cannot run on Ubuntu Linux. The particular Ubuntu Linux version I have is Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition, and the Acer model I have is Acer TravelMAte 6291.
Hoping for your immediate response on this matter. Thank you.
I’m still waiting for a reply from Acer Support. I’d had a previous run-in with them (keyboard malfunction problem), and their reply times weren’t so quick. I hope they’ve improved since then. So, until now, I’m stuck with the okay-enough Vista. Of course, if you have any solutions to offer, I’d be happy (read: :-D) to hear them. So, fire away in the comments section. Kthx.
UPDATE: I have been able to get the Internet working, but am still looking for drivers for other hardware. I’m typing this on Ubuntu! 😉