A front-end for wvdial is gnome-ppp
. I think it gives options for setting up usb modems. I personally use kppp
, so I don't know a huge amount wvdial and/or gnome-ppp. But I have used them before, and I'm sure there are usb options for it. For kppp, under Configure/modems/modem_device, there are usb options given. It also has a query function to automatically find your modem. I'm pretty sure wvdial has this as well. Also, if you wish to run wvdial without the front-end gnome-ppp, then the program pppconfig
will likely set it up --> can't guarantee this, though.
Make sure your user is a member of the dialout and dip groups. If using kppp, then also make sure to uncomment "noauth" in /etc/ppp/peers/kppp-options (aka remove the hash-mark "#" preceding "noauth") <-- at least, this is what Debian users must do, so I'm assuming it would be similar for Ubuntu.)
I personally would go with the latest release of Ubuntu, but that would just be my own preference; so, there's no particular rationale for why I would do this, other than "why not?" Why use an earlier older release? In general, as long as the necessary packages exist (IE, kppp or gnome-ppp with wvdial), then why not use the latest release?