Tutorial: WLAN on Acer Aspire One with EasyPeasy Linux (based on Ubuntu)

When you buy the Acer Aspire One netbook in a shop it is usually equipped with a Windows XP, which drains too much power from the battery and often causes lags.

I decided to install the Ubuntu distribution EasyPeasy, which still drains much power from the battery, but still is better than XP in my eyes. And hey: Running an Ubuntu shell on the netbook really draws attention at a public location, doesn’t it 🙂

But one thing which is annoying is that WLAN isn’t supporter by default. In order to enable it you need to load the proper module.

sudo modprobe ath5k

This only works until the next reboot, so better make sure you add a new entry to /etc/modules:

echo ath5k | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

Thanks to Frank for his useful blog post!

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