Hope for Ubuntu on the Acer – Part 2

July 13th, 2008 @

So I’m writing this on an Ubuntu LiveCD while it’s installing to a partition I set aside yesterday. I must admit except for the wireless issue it appears that everything else works right. The sound controls are functional, USB works fine, and power options are in place. It’s actually very clean. The screen dims after about 20 seconds of no use but lights up again as soon as I touch anything. The touchpad works fine although Ubuntu didn’t magically know I like to set up the right button as a middle button and the right side of the touchpad as a right button. The installer is chugging away now at around 70% putting it’s files on an ext3 formatted drive. I opted for no swap partition as I know it’s easy to set that up later. Although wireless is out wired networking worked perfectly find.

I’ll keep everyone updated…

Update: I managed to get the wifi working finally. I followed the instructions on this forum except I downloaded the drivers I found here. It took a bit of mucking around but finally it worked. We’ll see how this develops the next few weeks. Also note the wireless LED does not work.

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