As an amendment to this post, I did find one technical issue. Amusingly wireless networking worked immediately, but wired did not. It is almost always the other way around for me. However, there is a really great amount of documentation that exists for this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1206649. I am going to repeat the pertinent parts here:
- Go to this webpage: http://partner.atheros.com/Drivers.aspx
- The driver appears to have moved to Google Code. (Updated 2012-03-22)
- Download the “AR81Family Linux Driver”
- Put the file in a directory where it is okay to uncompress it and run the following commands:
tar -xvzf AR81Family-linux-v188.8.131.52.tar.gz
sudo make install
sudo modprobe atl1e
I received an error from the tar command, but I kept going and that worked exactly perfectly for me. In fact, my wired network registered as connected immediately after running the last command.
Not only did I contribute a bug report, but got the joy of updating the Hardware wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport/Machines/Netbooks#Acer%20Aspire%20One.