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If Ubuntu does not recognize hardware to connect to the net, and a net connection is necessary in order to install drivers for hardware that connects to the net, then how is such a system ever going to connect to the net?

You can see the situation in this thread:

How do I install drivers for the Atheros AR8161 Ethernet controller?

and in this thread:

build-essential and linux-headers-generic gives abort message

Surely, surely, there is a way out of this catch-22.

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possible duplicate of How can I install software or packages without Internet (offline)? – psusi Nov 16 '12 at 16:25

You can download linux-headers-generic and build-essential and all their dependencies on another computer and transfer them on a USB key, CD or similar. Here is a forum post that describes the process. Caution: the driver alx described there may or may not be correct for your Atheros AR8161.

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