" My first try, out of habit, was Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty
Jackalope). That turned out to be very strange, interesting, and
surprising... First, neither the LiveCD nor a USB stick I had
created from it would boot. After selecting the language and "Try
without changes", it just hung. While trying to figure that out, at
one point I switched from my standard USB CD/DVD drive to the on
which came with the laptop, it suddenly booted. The trick turned
out to be starting the boot, then after it showed the Ubuntu logo
and progress bar (making no progress), unplug the USB drive (or
key) and plug it back in again. Beats me why that works...
"Jaunty then installs without problem, but it doesn't support
the Atheros AR9285 wireless network adapter. A bit of searching on
the net, and in the Ubuntu Wiki, showed me that it needs Linux
kernel 2.6.29 or later, but I could add that to Jaunty with this
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