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Old 02-26-2007, 07:01 PM   #1
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Connecting to the internet in linux


I am a big newbie, and I just installed Ubuntu 6.10 in a partition on my computer. I am also using windows xp. I was wondering how to connect to the internet in Ubuntu? I use a wireless connection in a dormitory,

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Old 02-26-2007, 08:36 PM   #2
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What kind of wireless card do you have? You can use 'lspci' to show any PCI or PCMCIA card devices. Is the connection encrypted with WEP or WPA?
 
Old 02-26-2007, 08:47 PM   #3
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And also are you using a laptop? How do you connect in Windows, any specific app provided by your ISP?
 
Old 02-26-2007, 08:51 PM   #4
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I am using a laptop, and my wireless card is an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG.
I don't believe it is encrypted at all.
do I need a driver for linux? and also, how do you run something, like an
install, as a root?

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Old 02-26-2007, 09:02 PM   #5
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To execute commands as root in Ubuntu, prefix the command with "sudo". The intel pro/wireless card is supported using the ipw3945 driver. You might need a separate package for the loadable firmware.
 
Old 02-27-2007, 02:05 PM   #6
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so I need the firmware from intel for my card?
 
Old 02-27-2007, 03:21 PM   #7
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You would need the linux-restricted-modules package.
 
Old 02-27-2007, 09:31 PM   #8
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i found this site to get the file/s
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source.../2.6.17.7-11.1

which one do I need?

thanks
 
Old 02-27-2007, 09:49 PM   #9
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I think the generic one is what you need, however i suggest you install using the trusted 'apt-get install xxx' method rather than the way you are doing, so as you won't run into dependency hell.

Edit: Don't rush, please wait for someone to reply too, better off if you get some more stronger replies.
 
Old 02-27-2007, 09:58 PM   #10
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what is the 'apt-get install xxx' method, and how do you do it?

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Old 02-27-2007, 10:08 PM   #11
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apt-get is the hallmark of all the Debian and Debian based distros. Its basically a command line tool used to add/remove packages, whose graphical front is called 'Synaptic'.

Check the LQ wiki http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Apt-get

More info : #man apt-get

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Old 02-27-2007, 11:20 PM   #12
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so what do I replace the 'xxx' with?

thanks for all the help guys
 
Old 02-28-2007, 12:14 AM   #13
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The name of the package you want to install... such as "apt-get install linux-restricted-modules".
 
Old 02-28-2007, 05:15 PM   #14
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Do I need the internet to get package?
or are they already on my hard drive?

or do i get the generic package from the site i linked, and use apt-get install to install it?

thanks

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Old 02-28-2007, 09:08 PM   #15
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Yes apt-get basically installs from a net repo, so you need internet.

However if you download a package, you have to install depending on the package type.

e.g., .deb packages(mostly Debian) can be installed using dpkg, .rpm packages(mostly Redhat) can be installed using rpm, but if you get the source package, typically in the form of .bz2 or .tgz, then instructions on installation can be found in a 'readme' or 'install' file in the archive. Generally it will be like
./configure
make
sudo make install

However i suggest against installing this way for system critical packages, better install through net using apt-get as it will take care of everything without you breaking a sweat.
 
  


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