I recently installed Lubuntu 13.10 to continue running updated versions of Ubuntu on my Dell Inspiron Mini 9. My Mini 9 was delivered with Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04 LTS), and it will bother me to have installed a different flavor of Linux.
The procedure that I describe requires an existing Ubuntu installation and wired ethernet connection for the Mini 9.
I was unable to install current versions of Ubuntu, because of my netbook’s restricted amount of disk space. With the “Lubuntu Minimal Installation” option, I have no swap partition, a 128MB boot partition and an encrypted root partition with 1.8GB used space and 1.6GB free space after installation.
To ease updating, I downloaded the linux and initrd.gz netboot installer binaries and copied them to /boot/13_10. After rebooting, I entered the following into the Grub command line:
grub> linux /13_10/linux
grub> initrd /13_10/initrd.gz
There were complications with configuring the wireless adapter. The wireless adapter drivers are not installed automatically, and my wireless access point has a hidden SSID.
The wireless adapter drivers were installed with:
sudo apt-get install \
The /etc/network/interfaces file was updated to:
iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp
iface wlan0 inet manual
A /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf file was created with:
After the above is performed, the computer is rebooted and the wired ethernet cable is removed. The wireless connection is enabled with the following:
wpa_gui can be used for a graphical interface to the wpa_supplicant. Changes to wpa_supplicant.conf by wpa_gui is prevented by the update_config flag being set to 0. This is preferred to prevent losing my network’s configuration and polluting the network configuration file with several networks.
I installed Firefox. Now, the Mini 9 is running great!