Ubuntu – Externally Install Ubuntu Drivers


I'm going to be installing Ubuntu 14.04 within the next few hours, and I've noticed that every time I install Ubuntu on my laptop, I never have any networking or graphics drivers. I always have to connect to Ethernet and install them, and it's really a pain as this laptop has a broken screen and keyboard, and it's mouse is barely working. I have it hooked up to a monitor, USB keyboard, and mouse.

So, basically my question is, can I download drivers for my graphics and network adapter before going into Ubuntu, and put them on my external hard drive to install when I get settled into Ubuntu and everything. Is this possible or should I prepare to have to run Ethernet cables all through my house?

My machine has a Broadcom wireless card, I think. I've always installed Broadcom drivers every time I install Ubuntu.

Best Answer

It is possible to include packages in an Ubuntu distribution by using UCK.

Ubuntu Customization Kit is a tool that helps you customizing official Ubuntu Live CDs (including Kubuntu/Xubuntu and Edubuntu) to your needs. You can add any package to the live system, for example language packs, or applications.

Install it with

sudo apt-get install uck

Here is a guide if you want to do it manually without UCK