Perhaps I wasn't clear- the Atmel hub is a cheap usb 2.0 non-powered hub. The update procedure described earlier in this post allows me to use the hub with an old model Raspberry (2011.12), but when I swap and boot the zero with the same sd card, the zero does not recognize the hub. Something must be different between the old raspberry and the zero. I have not tried the daisy chain approach with the powered and non-powered hubs. Currently, I am plugging the powered hub into one port and the cheap hub into the other.
My comment about Red Hat Linux in 1999 was about how I had to compile drivers for the kernel to get certain devices to work. I'm not quite sure that solution would work here since the current firmware works on the old pi but not on the zero.
The hub issue is a prelude to my next step- getting an ethernet connection whether by wifi or usb wired ethernet dongle. At the least, I would like to ssh in and use the command line to, say, run apt-get update.