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Old 05-12-2010, 11:09 AM   #1
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Best Ubuntu version # for external dial-up modem?

Hi! After >15-yrs using MSWindows, I'm getting a new PC with Ubuntu as my OS. This is for typical home use--net access, web browsing+email, office suite apps.

I have to use a dial-up modem for internet connection. So I decided on the USRobotics USR5637 56Kbps USB external modem.

I've read and bookmarked various info on configuring modem, including PPP and wvdial info.

But one question: Is there a particular version # of Ubuntu best for external dial-up modem use? I have the CD for 9.10 Desktop edition. It seems that different Ubuntu versions include some things, others not. Any suggestions about this?

Another Q: Reading this page about wvdial, it refers only to serial modems. Does the info apply to USB modems, like the USRobotics 5637?

Thanks for info--great forum!
Old 05-12-2010, 11:27 AM   #2
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The newest (10.04) will probalby work best on your computer. Feel free to upgrade after installing from your 9.10 CD.
Old 05-12-2010, 11:40 AM   #3
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The newest (10.04) will probalby work best on your computer. Feel free to upgrade after installing from your 9.10 CD.
Thanks for comment, yooy. Can you tell me why? What does 10.04 have that 9.10 doesn't?
Old 05-12-2010, 11:49 AM   #4
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Ubuntu 10.04 has been reported with bugs related to WiFi. I have bad experience with WiFi Connectivity.So if you are trying out WiFI connectivity, just be updated with the fix.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:23 PM   #5
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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?

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