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Ubuntu to the Rescue:

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I have the Acer Aspire One D255E. It has an Intel Atom N455 (64-bit processor), 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, and 250 GB hard drive. It came with Windows 7 starter edition, which I immediately replaced.

As readers of the blog know, I’ve been really loving the KDE desktop so I couldn’t wait to use the KDE Netbook Plasma desktop on my netbook.

I burned a CD of the Fedora 15 Alpha LiveCD and used my external DVD drive to run it. I didn’t see the wifi working. Usually that’s a red flag, but since it was Alpha software, I figured it’d fix itself when I updated. So I went ahead and installed it and updated all the packages. Still no wifi. Hmm. So I did a Google search and found this page. Turns out that the drivers are in the staging Kernel, but can be enabled with Linux 2.6.38. I went on the Fedora developers mailing list with my issue and they said they would not enable those drivers because they’re in staging. And that’s OK. I really like Fedora and I respect their decision. There are many drivers in staging, I’m sure, but the developers have a responsibility to the users to try and make Fedora as stable as possible. But I needed working wireless.

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