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Making Intel Wireless 3945ABG Work Better on Ubuntu Hardy

In Ubuntu 8.04 the Intel wireless cards have switched from the ipw driver to the iwl driver.  The version of the iwl driver that ships with Hardy is slightly buggered.  The driver does not support SCAN_CAPA = 0x0 which prevents it from connecting to hidden networks.  Though Network Manager has been pachted with a workaround for this.  It also doesn’t have any support for controlling the LED light.  Luckily a new version of the iwl driver has been backported in the linux-backports-modules-hardy-generic package.

To install this package, first go System→Administration→Software Sources.  Go to the Updates tab and enable the Hardy Backports repository.

Software Sources

Click Close then click the Reload button when prompted.  After that is done open a termianl and enter

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-hardy-generic

Afterwards, reboot and you should have your LED light working as well as possibly better wireless performance.

I still have some problems connecting to my network.  Sometimes it won’t connect when I boot the computer and I have to fool around with Network Manager by disabling wireless, enabling wireless, disabling networking, enabling networking, and a number of combinations of those things with some waiting thrown in there too.  So if you’re having problems connecting to the network, play around with Network Manager for a while. It might take a lot of tries.


Ubuntu Hardy Heron Alpha 4 Released

Official Announcement


I’m really looking forward to the release of Hardy in April. A lot of things are starting to take shape in Alpha 4. It includes the 2.6.24 kernel. One of the new features is PulseAudio which I’m really looking forward to. The current state of sound on Linux is a mess. PulseAudio will greatly enhance the Linux sound system.



With Alpha 4, PolicyKit integration is visible in the administrative user interfaces. PolicyKit makes it possible to run administrative applications as a normal user, and have them get a particular set of extra privileges for certain operations, which allows fine-grained control over user permissions and enhances usability, as well as eliminating the security implications of running the whole application as root.



gnome-bt-download has now been replaced with Transmission.



The Nautilus CD burner and Serpentine have both been replaced by Brasero.

World Clock Applet


The world clock applet has been added



I’m really excited about this.

Nautilus 2.21.6 in Alpha 4 uses GVFS, the virtual filesystem abstraction layer that’s set to replace the aging GnomeVFS in GNOME 2.22, as its backend. In the near future, GVFS will make it possible to fix shortcomings of Nautilus such as the inability to restore files from trash, pause and undo file operations, and make it possible to escalate user privileges for certain operations using PolicyKit for authentication. It also brings a significant performance boost to many operations.

Yes, at some point in the near future, Nautilus will finally be able to restore items from the trash! 😀 Not to mention Nautilus will have an increase in performance.

This is only a few of the new features in 8.04. The complete list is on the official announcement.

8.04 is really coming together nicely and I can’t wait for the release in April 😀