Originally Posted by lotusjps46
Something to think about: Geeks use Linux. Geeks don't use USB to connect to a network. Somebody out there has probably got one of these things to work, but why fight with it? An ethernet card costs less than $10. If I read this right you can connect ethernet to this same "modem". USB network connections exist for people who do not want to learn enough to install a network card in their computers. You are not going to like Linux if you are not at least interested enough technically to set up a real network connection.
I agree, plus i would like to point out that for every xDSL modem i've used, the ethernet connection has been faster and more responsive. Also easier to diagnose faults as both your nic and modem will have link and activity lights (great for working out if you firewall is a problem, or if the cable fell out.)
If you insist on using the USB connection on the modem, i'd recommend Suse or Ubuntu. I'd stay well clear of Fedora if you have to use usb. I think FC5 is one of the best distros around but, out of the box it does not support mp3 and lots of other stuff, until you get it on the net.
You don't want to end up in a situation where you need to get online in order to get your drivers for your modem, but you can't get online becuase you've no modem drivers.
From what I've heard Ubuntu and Suse tend to have the best support for usb modems. Its all part of the fun linux