Thinkpad Stories 3: “Now for some colours…”

Ubuntu’s finished installing. It all looks nice.
I picked a nice wallpaper, set my workspaces to 8, and installed gnome-art (sudo apt-get install gnome-art). Picked some nice decorations (I like the Human theme but not that much) and sat back for a few seconds to admire my new desktop.
Then: I installed Automatix. Automatix had a reputation of being intrusive and all, but is very well maintained these days and I hadn’t had the slightest problem. (Easyubuntu gave an error, and less options to install. Don’t want to flame though: it’s good too and my previous favorite.)
This took a while.
There were to other things I wanted to solve before being completely satisfied.
The first was WPA support since my home network uses that.
I found a lot of information on the forums, configure this and write that, but here is the most easy way to do it:
- Make sure wpa-supplier and gnome-network-tools are installed. - sudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces. Uncomment everything except local loopback entries. - Note: you can use commands like
/wpa_supplicant -w -i eth1 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf -D wext
and write a configuration as following in /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf:
network=
ssid=”TYPEHERE
scan_ssid=1
proto=WPA
key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
pairwise=TKIP
group=TKIP
psk=”TYPEHERE
}
(It didn’t work for me without the pairwise and group settings.)
But you do not have to. Read on… - sudo gedit /etc/default/wpasupplicant and just enter this:
ENABLED=0 - Reboot probably (or re-init). - I now see an eth0 icon in my Gnome taskbar. I also see an icon were I can choose from available wireless connections. I pick mine, enter my WPA password and set type to TKIP. I also have to enter a keyring password for gnome.
Waiting… authenticating… assigning address… done! I disconnect my network cable. See next post for my second problem.