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Is this because I need a different version? (The one that works in ubuntu came from a .deb package.)
If so, would I have to go back and get a Simply Mepis-dedicated driver? And would I have to fork out for another license?
You definitely need a different driver for Mepis, they are usually compiled against a specific kernel also, meaning you have to get the one matched to the kernel you will have in Mepis. It is also possible they do not have any pre-compiled for Mepis in which case you can get the source in whatever package management system Mepis uses, (I don't know Mepis), if it uses .deb files, you should be able to get hsfmodem_7.60.00.04full_i386.deb.zip and make sure to have kernel source and gcc installed to compile the driver. Same goes for a .rpm distribution etc.
As for having to pay again, chances are you can use the previous license and avoid paying a second time, but you would have to check on their web-site for confirmation as I'm only guessing.
Yep, got the driver and all. It's on my Mepis desktop but the problem is that I still can't do anything with it through the package manager. It tells me I don' have the permission to do it.
Now, the problem is probably that I'm totally new to KDE. In ubuntu, if I'm doing anything the system might think is dodgy, I'm invited to put in my root password and hey presto. Off it goes.
I have a root password for Mepis as well, but it's not asking me for it. Is there anyway I can get into a Konsole and do it. The file is on my desktop at the moment as hsfmodem_7.60.00.09full_k2.6.15_27_386_mepis_i386.deb
Can I do anything in the Konsole with this as root?
I'm afraid that the Konqueror helpfile system isn't quite as good as ubuntu's.