I recently bought a netbook for my wife, on which I wanted to install some GNU/Linux distro (and then get a Windows tax refund as I had already done a couple of years ago).
It is therefore evident that the installation should have a high WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor), or I would never hear the end of it!
I chose to install Ubuntu 12.04. The main problems after a fresh install were that the ethernet card (eth0) was not even recognized and that the resolution was stuck at 800x600. These issues were quite easily resolved from already posted solutions. I am just reposting the solutions, distilling them down to the bare essentials for future reference.
The solution was found here. The problem resides with the Atheros ar8162, for which a driver needs to be manually installed.
Execute the following:
tar -xvf compat-wireless-2012-02-28-p.tar
sudo make install
sudo modprobe alx
The solution was found here.
a) Add repository and install packages
b) Restart and at the GRUB prompt, select the Ubuntu entry and press "e".
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sarvatt/cedarview
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cedarview-drm cedarview-graphics-driver
c) Using the cursor keys, move to the line containing quiet splash and delete $vt_handoff from it.
d) Press F10 to boot.
e) After booting, open /etc/default/grub as root:
(or use any other text editor)
sudo nano /etc/default/grub
Add the following line at the end of the file:
f) Save changes, close and run
That's it! Afterwards everything worked fine (including shortcut keys and suspend) and I was a happy husband!