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    Updating Linux to gain internet access

    I'm installing Debian linux on my Dell Inspiron laptop, first time Linux install. I've gotten through the installation process fine, but I have a Linksys Instant Wireless WPC11 v.3 network card which is my only means to connect to the internet. I've found some solid-looking tutorials on the internet about specifically configuring this card. To do this, however, it appears that I have to update the kernel to 2.4 or higher, which requires me to get packages from the internet using apt-get. I obviously don't have any internet access on that machine yet; however, I do have another machine with the internet and a cd burner.

    What would be a way to get around this? Is there a way to update packages via other media?

  2. #2
    Have a look at
    The bottom of the page is how to add a cd to the source list for apt, that way you'll be able to download what you need and burn it to disk, then install the packages on your laptop.

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    Thanks for the reply! I've got Debian Etch up and running now; I'm having some problems with the networking, but I'll post that in another thread.

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