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purity89
January 25th, 2013, 11:22 AM
I was wondering if it's possible to add wireless drivers to the Ubuntu Minimal CD (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD), before burning it to a CD and installing it..?

I only have Windows 7 installed now, and I realize it's probably difficult to configure the Minimal CD from here. But maybe if I boot a Live CD, and do it from a linux enviroment?

I have a desktop PC that only has wireless access to the internet, so I need the wireless drivers.

The reason for using the Minimal CD is that I only want to install the most basic functions of Ubuntu, since I'm purely using it as a C++ and LaTeX development enviroment. Most likely I will also use xubuntu-desktop instead of the default ubuntu-desktop.

SOLUTION: The native Linux drivers, which I think are included in the kernel, works for the Wifi USB dongle I'm using (a D-Link DWL G122) (source (http://www.toysdesk.com/hardware/d-link-dwl-g122-and-linux/)). So I just burned the Minimal CD, booted it, and got the option of connecting to the internet via the USB dongle during installation, which worked great for my secured Wifi network.

purity89
January 25th, 2013, 10:47 PM
I think I can solve this problem by just installing Ubuntu with the Minimal CD, and then use the method mentioned here (http://askubuntu.com/a/1005) to install packages from an offline source afterwards. Hopefully this will let me connect to the internet, so I can download the other stuff I want.

But does anyone know which packages (and dependencies) that contain the wireless drivers that are included in a standard Ubuntu Live CD? My wireless USB adapter works fine when booting from a Ubuntu Live CD, so I was thinking I could just download them from Launchpad (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/quantal) or here (http://packages.ubuntu.com/), and then install them using "sudo dpkg -i *.deb".

EDIT: Apparently my Wifi USB dongle has native Linux drivers (source (http://www.toysdesk.com/hardware/d-link-dwl-g122-and-linux/)), so now I only need to figure out which packages that has these drivers. Or are they perhaps included in the kernel? I have no idea what I'm talking about here though, so I might be completely wrong.