I took my EeePC running 12.04 to a friend's workplace in order to demonstrate something online (a Toastmasters website, in case that's relevant).

On booting up, I got an IP address and was assigned DNS servers. I recognised these as belonging to a local ISP.

But I couldn't connect to anything. I could ping 8.8.8.8 (Google DNS), but not these particular servers.

A Windows 7 laptop connected to the DNS servers with no difficulty and we got the work done.

This seems a bit odd to me. Why would I get assigned DNS servers and then not be able to access them? Is there any chance that this is a bug, or is it more likely to be something odd about the network?