As a fully paid up linux nugget (lower than newbie) during my attempt to migrate from "billy g's beast" I have managed to down load most of the bits (i think) that I will need to config my speed touch. The distro's that I have tried are mandrake 8.2 and SuSE 8.0 personal. the SuSE makes no mention of the speed touch and according to the SuSE manuals, the installer thing (YaST2) wil only auto config a PPPoE modem/link/whatever (and not the PPPoA that my isp uses). The mandrake looks as good as it seems to acknowledge the existance of the speedtouch modem and promptly refused to auto configure it, but it did say that it couldn't find the "speedtouch_RPM" it was a step in the right direction, but as it totally destroyed my windows boot loader (and meant that I had to waste hours reloading the windows) I nuked it and re-installed the SuSE.
If you have a dig around the linux-usb.sourceforge.net site I seem to recall that there is a "speedtouch_RPM" for download. The "HOWTO" that I have used for advise/suggestions/links etc is the one written by Johan Verrept (who I believe wrote the driver for alcatel in the first place) I got it from the souceforge site.
As it appears that you are leaps and bounds ahead of me in linux knowledge these directions may be of some help. If not, file under "S" for shredder or "B" for bin.
p.s. I am that much of a linux nugget at the moment, that I am still looking for the man page for the command "MORON!