So I decided to install Ubuntu on my Thinkpad again. I’ve been using XP lately because things like wireless, sleep and multiple monitors “just work” and I’m sick of messing with the OS. (That’s the same reason I bought a MacBook, but that’s another story.)
The install of Ubuntu 6.06 from the live CD went pretty smoothly. Linux and XP didn’t agree on the partition table boundaries so I created the partitions in XP and ran the install a second time.
Sleep worked out of the box which is impressive. All I needed to do was change the preferences so that machine went to sleep when the lid was closed.
Wireless took a little more work. I could connect to WEP networks with the default install but it seemed a little flaky.
I really need WPA for my wireless, which took more time to get working. Searching Google, it seemed like NetworkManager was the solution. installation was easy.
sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome
Unfortunately network manager didn’t see my wireless card. Maybe because I already set it up with the default networking tool?
The magic step was to edit
/etc/network/interfaces and comment out any references to my wireless card
ath0. I wasted a lot of time trying to figure that step out, but now WPA works and my computer can scan for wireless networks.