Atheros AR242x Wireless on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex

The new Dell Vostro A840 laptops that we ordered came with Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) pre-installed. However when I installed the latest release Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), the Atheros AR242x wifi card didn't work right away.

The solution to get this card working is available on WifiDocs > Driver > Atheros on Ubuntu Wiki.

The ath5k module from the linux-backports-modules-intrepid package on Ubuntu backports will do the magic for you.

4 comments:

  1. You are very lucky people, my friend because Atheros chipsets are one of the few wireless cards that are free software compatible.

    I think you should consider running Linux-libre (the completely freed linux packs) on them (or even better migrate to a completely free GNU/Linux distro such as gNewSense).

    For technical details, ath5k bacame a part of the vanilla Linux kernel starting with 2.6.27 though it became much more stable with 2.6.28. I suggest running Linux-libre 2.6.28 with Ubuntu or, even better, gNewSense which is currently based on Ubuntu 8.04.

    For a fast solution, you can install the pre-compiled installation .deb packs I publish at http://aligunduz.org/gNewSense [They are gNewSense, Ubuntu (hardy & intrepid) and Debian lenny compatible.]

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  2. That's the idea, it would be wonderful not to be dependent on the non-free firmware.

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  3. Arky has that wrong. the ath5k drivers are completely free software.

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  4. @Anonymous I was referring to other non-free firmware drivers not Atheros ath5k.

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