getting wpa2 wifi going on Acer Netbook with Linux

I’d like to issue thanks to everyone in the world who has posted anything online that relates to getting an Acer Aspire One Netbook, running any Linux distro, connected to an enterprise WPA2 wireless segment.  Turns out your mileage may vary, depending on if you want to get it working “out of the box”.

With the goal to have it “just work”, I went through 3 distros in 3 days, finally landing on Ubuntu 11, where things just worked.  Ok, I had to select the correct CA cert, but got that sorted out fairly quickly (used /etc/ssl/certs/Thawte_Premium_Server_CA.pem)

I gave it a go with the latest crunchbang linux distro, and that failed on connecting to the SSID segments I was trying here at UVic, both EDUROAM, and UVIC.  I got connected to UVicOPEN segment, with a Cisco VPN tunnel, so that was a work-around.

On trying Ubuntu 12, I ran into some known issues with the level of openssl packages that are installed with the distro, so backed out to Ubuntu 11, and that worked for me.

I really dig the EDUROAM connectivity, so just want that to work with a minimum of futzing.  Yes, I still truly enjoy Linux futzing, and all the learning involved, but find myself with less time for such things than when I was running Slackware in the 90s.

Anyhoo, it’s all good for now…thanks all!


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