The best Ubuntu yet!

Just installed Ubuntu 8.10 on my laptop, upgraded from 8.04 – and I’m telling you. I think I’m home.

So far, EVERYTHING works, right out of the box. Including, with a very minor modification, my internal Sprint CDMA wireless card.

I think I posted about this before. When I ordered my (then) new Dell D620 I ordered it with an internal (mini-PCI) SprintPCS CDMA wireless card. This is a big boost for me because I *HATE* having things sticking out of my laptop when I’m using it, IE PCMCIA cards, etc.

But to date, the only operating system I could use this card with without a major amount of hassle, was Windows. And we all know how I feel about that.

So on a whim, I tried 8.10 and I have to say I’m IMPRESSED.

The only customization I had to make was to include the device specific data for the card in /etc/modprobe.d/options in order for the native usb-to-serial driver to take over.

For the faint of heart, here are the specifics.

Find the vendor and product data for the card in question – this can sometimes be trial and error, but isn’t too difficult in most cases.  (Mine was pretty straight forward.).

# lsusb

Bus 005 Device 006: ID 0b97:7762 O2 Micro, Inc. Oz776 SmartCard Reader
Bus 005 Device 005: ID 413c:8103 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 350 Bluetooth
Bus 005 Device 004: ID 0b97:7761 O2 Micro, Inc. Oz776 1.1 Hub
Bus 005 Device 003: ID 413c:8134 Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 5 720 Sprint Mobile Broadband (EVDO Rev-A) Minicard Status Port
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 413c:a005 Dell Computer Corp. Internal 2.0 Hub

Then add the entry to /etc/modprobe.d/options to enable the /dev/ttyUSB0 device.

# cat /etc/modprobe.d/options

…..

# usbserial mod for Sprint CDMA card.
options usbserial vendor=0x413c product=0x8134

And we’re good.

The card should automatically be detected and show up in the drop-down under the network icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.  (Or wherever you keep your network icon)

Enjoy the freedom from Microsoft’s oppression!!!!

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