I got an old laptop from my, non blood related, auntie, Asus EeePC with good old Atom CPU and 1 GB of ram. I may or may not upgrade the ram to 4 GB and the drive, currently SATA, to SSD. To get the most out of it, would have no other choice but to go lean, super lean. I went with Lubuntu Minimal Install and nothing else. The installation was pretty straight forward, the main problem comes when I could not connect to the internet… How am I going to laugh at Patriotic American bashing at the Declaration of Independence!?
The ethonet connection and wireless connection were there, but network-manager was not found. Thankfully, ifconfig is here to save the day.
- Enter ifconfig on the terminal to see which network connections are available.
- Enter sudo ifconfig <cxn_name> up to open the connection.
- Then enter sudo dhclient <cxn_name> to kick off the protocol.
- If you want to connect via wifi, you would
- Otherwise, check your connection by pinging yahoo or google.
- To simplify your life in the future, download network-manager-gnome (network-manager should come with it) by sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome
- Run Network Manager by entering sudo service network-manager restart and sudo service networking start
- Enter nm-applet to start the Network Manager
- I’d also suggest you to download sudo apt-get install software-properties-common for other goodies, e.g. I downloaded midori
Now have fun with the internet!